The Children’s Dream Foundation is pleased to be honoring Ian W. Millman at our upcoming May 2013 benefit for his tireless devotion to educating and motivating young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Ian is the President of New York Nine, a non-profit organization he co-founded in 2006, which levels the playing field for student athletes from all backgrounds through the game of baseball.
Retiring early from professional baseball due to an injury, Ian turned his focus to coaching and mentoring young athletes in his community. Ian spent several years as a successful high school varsity baseball coach. He knew from personal experience that the game of baseball teaches valuable life skills and provides life-changing opportunities, especially for at-risk youth. He drew on his extensive experience and contacts in the baseball world to create a youth baseball organization to prepare student athletes for success on and off the field.
Now in its 7th year, New York Nine team play offers ultra-competitive scheduling, nationally recognized tournaments and exposure to collegiate and professional scouts as well as a network of volunteer mentors and academic advisors to ensure that each team member develops the skills, character, confidence and discipline that will carry them through life. With Ian’s vision, hard work and personal sacrifice, New York Nine has made a difference in the lives of over 300 young men who have been offered almost one thousand collegiate scholarships and dozens of professional baseball contracts. Ian is an advisor to multiple youth leagues as well, often organizing free baseball clinics to youth groups and little leagues.
A Queens native, Ian is presently an Academic Intervention Specialist/Dean of Discipline at World Journalism Preparatory School in Flushing where Ian’s daily responsibilities involve mentoring and guiding teenage students. Ian is married to Grethel and has two young daughters, Scarlett (6) and Skylar (4 months).