Mitchell Thorp Awards
Our Mission: Supporting families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders, by providing financial, emotional and resource support to their desperate situation.
Our Purpose: While we cannot cure a child, we can help the families endure, and soften their heartbreaking journey; thereby bringing relief, hope and a sense of normalcy in the home environment.
Mitchell Thorp made an indelible impression on his family, fellow athletes, fellow students, friends and the greater community. Mitchell's courageous struggle for life embodied a "can do" attitude in all who knew him. Both kids and parents supported him in his struggle. Mitchell stirred a spirit of volunteerism in the community and thousands responded. The City of Carlsbad named a baseball field after Mitchell, honoring his inspirational life journey. Thorp Field is located at Poinsettia Park in Carlsbad, California. Community Fundraising Events are held every year at Thorp Field to raise funds to inspire young athletes and to help children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses.
MTF supports the community and provides the MTF Community Partner Award to individuals and companies who have supported our mission.
MTF also awards grants and the MTF baseball award to promising young athletes who display outstanding sportsmanship, baseball talent, academics and citizenship.
2012 Mitchell Thorp Award Winners
|L to R, Matthew Thorp, LCYO President Phil Urbina, Kyle Anderson, Alex Rendler, Beth Thorp, Henry Scott, Noah Whitney and incoming LCYO President Ed White|
MTF donates funds, generated through fundraisers held during the year, to support the sportsmanship awards. MTF was founded by Beth and Brad Thorp, in honor of their son, Mitchell, an avid youth baseball player, who passed away in 2009 from an undiagnosed illness.