Hugh G Chambers/Paul Z Rinkulis Scholarship

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Our scholarship was established and given to South End Baseball in 2002 by us in memory of Norine’s brother, Hugh. He was a passionate, gifted athlete and friend who died tragically in 1990 at the age of 20.

Hugh was recognized for his excellence by Parade Magazine as an All-American High School Lacrosse Player and also as a All-State Football player during his short life in our home town of Mountain Lakes, N.J.

Words cannot describe Hugh’s dedication to teamwork, loyalty and commitment to standing up for the underdog.

In 2011, on the 25th Opening Day Anniversary, we had the honor to add our dear friend, Paul Rinkulis, to this award. Paul was known as “The Godfather” of South End Baseball for his tireless work, love and
devotion to helping others. He gave himself unconditionally toward building SEB through nurturing our players and their families. Paul dedicated his life to the premise that every child deserves a chance.

Entering the 2019 season, The Hugh G. Chambers/Paul Rinkulis Scholarship has given over $300,000 to help “our kids” achieve their “Field of Dreams”.

Each one is expected to excel in life and give back to those in need. We are so very proud of them.

Please consider becoming a member of our team.

Play Ball !

Peter and Norine Shults

For any questions, or to make a financial donation, please contact peteshults@gmail.com.

Scholarship recipients past and present

Anthony Baez, Westfield State University, Class of 2022
One of the most passionate kids to take the field in SEB history, Anthony has earned our love and respect over his many years with us first as a spectacular All-Star player and team leader, then giving back to the program as a dedicated umpire who became our youngest ever to officiate the Majors Championships, and now in the classroom where he is thriving, earning an impressive 3.2 GPA in his freshman year at Westfield State. To say we’re proud of Anthony would be an understatement.

Anthony Chevere, Franklin Pierce University, Class of 2022
Anthony is proof positive that hard work and perseverance pay off. Over his many years in South End Baseball, Anthony–with his tremendous work ethic and attention to detail–built him into one of the best players in the city, and the same can be said of his work in the classroom, where he earned multiple Boston Scholar Athlete awards. We know with his blend of determination and focus that his time at Franklin Pierce will be similarly successful.

Nate Duncan, Endicott College, Class of 2022
Nate and his trademark smile have been a fixture at the South End’s baseball fields for as long as anyone can remember. An outstanding player throughout his career, Nate has also given back to the program as one of our best and most frequent umpires in Minor and Major play over the last four seasons. A graduate of Cathedral High School, where he was a four year two-sport varsity athlete, Nate’s next stop is at Endicott College, where–if history is any guide–we know he will flourish.

Ryan Hernandez, University of Houston, Class of 2021
Ryan has swung for the fences both on the field and off from a young age. He’s been a power hitting All Star since the age of eight, recently becoming the youngest overall winner of our Wood Bat Home Run Derby. Ryan graduated with honors in 2017 from the Dexter Southfield School, and will take his talents toTexas to play Division 1 Baseball at the University of Houston, where we know he’ll also knock it out of the park in the classroom.

Aneury Lara, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Class of 2019
Aneury, a recent graduate of the English High School, is one of the most passionate players ever to grace Peters Park and Jim Rice Field. In addition to being an excellent player, Aneury spent years giving back to SEB by umpiring in our Minor League program. Aneury currently attends the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, focusing on computer science.

Ty Harding, Buckingham, Browne & Nichols, Class of 2022
Ty, currently in the eighth grade at BB&N, is an outstanding, bright, talented young man, and is by far our youngest ever scholarship recipient. While Ty is a tremendous player on the field, his leadership and teamwork are what make him stand out. We have no doubt that there are amazing things in Ty’s future.

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Clifford Guerrero, New England College, Class of 2020
It’s difficult to find an area of South End Baseball that Clifford has not impacted. An All Star player since the age of 9, Clifford has given back to the program like no other as he has matured, helping out regularly as an umpire, coach, and volunteer at any and every instance he can. Upstanding and dedicated, Clifford finished his career at Cathedral High School as the varsity captain, and looks forward to continuing his studies and work behind the plate as an elite catcher at New England College going forward.

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Sean Webster, Graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, Class of 2017
Sean began with South End Baseball at age 8. He has always been an extremely skilled and hard working player, and has annually earned a spot on our Astros All Star teams since the age of 10. He was an All-Star centerfielder at Boston College High School, and now roams the same ground as a varsity starter at Southern New Hampshire University, where he intends to study Business Management.

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Evan Torres, UMASS Dartmouth, Class of 2019
A strong baseball player and dedicated student, Evan has deep ties to South End Baseball, and starred as a pitcher for the 16 Year Old Astros in 2013. Evan amassed an impressive 3.4 gpa in his High School career, and will begin his college education at Holyoke CC in the fall.

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Brandon Ruiz, Graduate of UMASS Lowell, Class of 2018
Brandon recently received his degree in Business Management from UMASS Lowell. He is a SEB Hall of Fame player and was also recognized by The Boston Globe through their Scholar-Athlete Program. In addition to our award, Brandon was also a recipient of the Peter Gammons Scholarship through The Foundation To Be Named Later.

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Brandon Tubens, UMASS Boston, Class of 2018
Brandon is currently flourishing as a business major at UMASS Boston, and also manages the Rangers in our Senior League program. As a player for the Senior League Red Sox and formerly as an assistant coach for the Major League A’s, his dedication and teamwork were second to none and showed us why he was a spectacular representative of all for which SEB, Hugh and Paul stand.

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Jordan Matos, Graduate of College of St Joseph, Class of 2016
A multiple division MVP and SEB Hall of Famer, Jordan’s leadership through example has set him apart from his peers from the his first playing days at age 8. Jordan, still a passionate player for our adult Astros, graduated with a BA in Business in 2016 and is now working in the Massachusetts State House as a Program Coordinator in the Governor’s Office of Access and Opportunity and Community Affairs.

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Jamill Moquete, UMASS Boston, Class of 2019
Jamill started playing in South End Baseball at the age of 9 years old, and was an All Star and League MVP at every level through the age of 18. In the Summer of 2013 Jamill was added to the Futures League All Star Team. Jamill was drafted in the 2014 June Draft by the Baltimore Orioles and was pursuing the dream that so many who come through South End Baseball have growing up at Peters Park until arm injuries forced him to retire. He is now back finishing his Bachelor studies at UMASS Boston.

Izzy Velez Jr.

Izzy Velez Jr., Graduate of Fisher College, Class of 2014
Izzy has been with South End Baseball since 1999 and is still active on our Yawkey League team. As a player for the Fisher Falcons, Izzy had a solid 2013 and is preparing for the winter trip down South to start the 2014 season. One of his coaches, Jose Diaz, is a fellow scholarship recipient!

Rony Mercado

Rony Mercado, Graduate of Northeastern University, Class of 2013
The first SEB player ever to receive the scholarship, Rony and earned his degree in Business Management at Northeastern. He is a true SEB legend, as he was also the first inductee into the Peters Park Hall of Fame; named as a first team player for the Great Northeast Atlantic Conference in 2006 while attending Suffolk University and pitching as a professional for the Brockton Rox in 2008.

Christina Morales

Christina Morales, Graduate of UMASS Amherst, Class of 2012
“Tina” began her SEB playing career when she was 5. She has a degree in Psychology and plans to attend graduate school to gain her Ph.D. Tina continues to be star when it comes to giving back to our community; most recently as the Superintendent / Director of the Blackstone Summer Camp.

Luis Sanchez

Luis Sanchez, Graduate of Boston College, Class of 2012
During his playing days as a Marlin and Padre, Luis appeared in three Championship finals. While working toward his degree in Broadcast Communications he was the Assistant Sports Director and Radio Sports Coordinator for WZBC and was “The Voice” of BC. Still active as a Coach, Luis recently founded My WSports, a website dedicated solely to women’s athletics, and does a good deal of college sports commentating as well. He is the definition of perseverance.

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Arielle Gaines, Graduate of Hampton University, Class of 2012
An outstanding RBI softball player since the age of ten, she continued to play while at Hampton and also found the time to be a perennial Dean’s List student as well. Ari earned a B.S in Health and Physical Education and is now pursuing a masters degree in Physical Therapy.

John J. (JJ) Adames

John J. (JJ) Adames, Graduate of Stonehill College, Class of 2011
JJ is a member of the SEB Hall of Fame and has been an All-Star at every level from T-Ball through the our Yawkey League Astros. After earning his degree in Accounting from Stonehill, he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers. He now is a CPA with a masters in both Accounting and Tax Accounting. And better than that, JJ is a true gentleman on and off the field.

Jason Burrell

Jason Burrell, Graduate of UMASS Amherst, Class of 2011
From an early age, Jason was recognized by both teammates and coaches as a quietly determined leader. After earning his degree in Political Science, he passed his LSAT’s and is now working towards a degree in Law. Jason recently left the staff of U.S Senator, Elizabeth Warren to return home and pursue his law degree at Northeastern University. We know he will continue to make his positive mark on this world.

Steve Melo

Steve Melo, Graduate of Curry College, Class of 2010
What more can you say about someone when their nickname is “Stevie Baseball”? The hard throwing Hall of Fame lefty pitched his way into our hearts as a perennial All-Star from the age of 7 and still continues to play and coach for us today. Steve now works for Network Health as a Senior Technical Support Specialist. His dedication and love of the game touches everyone who knows him.

Jesus “Hollywood” Rodriguez

Jesus “Hollywood” Rodriguez, 2009
Jesus has been a player and coach since 1987 and is considered by many to be “The Face” of South End baseball. He has been working with kids for many years at several Boston Community Centers and used our grant to advance his career through child care development courses. “Hollywood” has also coached 2 AAU Girl’s National Championship basketball teams and also founded The Boston Elite Basketball Program. His ability to make a positive impact on our kids has been amazing.

Jose Diaz

Jose Diaz, Graduate of Fisher College, Class of 2009
Jose Diaz followed the path of Dorian and enjoyed both the baseball and educational experiences of going to North Florida CC and Cumberland University. Jose continued his playing career in the Park League of Boston, the oldest amateur program in the country, and now is a varsity baseball coach at Fisher College in Boston’s Back Bay.

Dorian Rojas

Dorian Rojas, Graduate of Cumberland University, Class of 2006
Dorian Rojas came to South End Baseball at age 16 under unusual circumstances. Playing for another local program, Dorian was invited to play with us in a regional tournament in Trenton, NJ, but bowed out to stay in a tournament with his local team—a decision we fully supported. After his local team was eliminated, Dorian called to see if he could still join us in New Jersey. Dorian caught a 5AM train the next morning and showed up for the semifinals ten minutes before game time, went four for four with a game winning hit, and helped us make it to the Nationals in Chicago. Dorian is on the record books at both Cumberland and NFCC, has been a Rookie of the year and all-star in the Park league, and has played professionally with the Joliet Jackhammers of Illinois and Macon Music of Georgia in the independent league.

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Marvin Malaret, Graduate of Cumberland University, Class of 2006
While on a trip to a tournament in Connecticut with our All Star team, Marvin, Dorian Rojas and Jose Diaz impressed the head coach of NFCC enough to earn partial scholarships.  Marvin thrived at NFCC, and moved on to Cumberland University, where he earned his degree.  Marvin continued his baseball exploits, earning the Boston Park League MVP award in 2008, and now is a member of the Boston Police Department.

Additional photos

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Peter and Norine Shults present Tina Morales with her scholarship check on opening day 2009. Boston City Council representative Bill Linehan on the mike with the Godfather of Baseball, Paul Rinkulis, standing behind. Tina was the first female recipient of an HC award. Congratulations Tina!
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Peter and Norine Shults present Arielle Gaines with her scholarship check on opening day 2010. Red Sox legend Luis Tiant is joined by Boston City Council members Felix Arroyo and Bill Linehan in presenting her award. Congratulations Arielle!
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Luis Tiant and Larry Lucchino on hand to present Tina with her scholarship.  Thank you for your continued support!