The Richmond Flying Squirrels have been selected as the Eastern League’s nominee for the John H. Johnson President’s Award, Minor League Baseball’s top honor, as announced by the league on Thursday morning.
The John H. Johnson President’s Award is presented annually “to honor the complete baseball franchise – based on franchise stability, contributions to the league, contributions to baseball in the community and promotion of the baseball industry.” The winner of the award will be announced at the Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego in December.
“We are honored to be the Eastern League nominee for this prestigious award and we love representing the Richmond region in everything that we do, 12 months a year,” Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “It has been a wonderful love affair with RVA for ten years and we look forward to the future.”
The Flying Squirrels celebrated the team’s landmark 10th Season in 2019. Over the last decade, the franchise has cemented itself in the hearts of the Richmond community through three founding pillars: Be impactful, be different and have “funn.” The Flying Squirrels have become a model franchise in Minor League Baseball through its innovative promotions, a unique approach to family entertainment and community-oriented projects.
The team’s mascots, Nutzy and Nutasha, make more than 500 appearances annually, including numerous parades, festivals and school programs. Flying Squirrels players and front office staff spend hours throughout the year volunteering with several community-based and non-profit organizations.
The organization launched Flying Squirrels Charities in 2014, a 501(C)(3) dedicated to improving lives in the Richmond community, which conducts initiatives including “Renovating Richmond’s Recreation,” a community project aimed at renovating youth baseball facilities. Alongside partners throughout Richmond, Flying Squirrels Charities raises funds through numerous events, including the Charity Hot Stove Banquet, the Turn Left Golf Classic and Nutzy’s Rotary Funn Run.