Although Cal Kern is mostly known in Western New York for his history as a professional soccer goalie the sport he has always been most passionate about is baseball. It has always been a dream of his to own a professional baseball team. When the opportunity came to manage a summer collegiate baseball team, through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the New York Collegiate Baseball League, he believed it was an answer to prayer and a God-given opportunity. His heart has always been to reach individuals and students for Christ through the avenue of sports ministry. Cal began working for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for the second time in the fall of 2007 because of this passion. Specifically during the late spring and summer months, he is able to use the Niagara Power Baseball Team to minister to the surrounding communities and the student athletes playing for the Power.
Cal and Sherrie will be married thirty-eight years this coming November. Sherrie has always been, among many other things, Cal's "administrative assistant" in marriage and "administrator" in ministry but now she can officially have the title, according to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, in regards to the Niagara Power Baseball Team. Working out of their home office, Sherrie manages many of the details including host families, finances, ticket sales, program books and pocket schedules, concessions and much more.
Website and Concessions Manager
Leanne is the daughter of Cal and Sherrie and this will be her seventh season working with the Niagara Power. She has a passion to reach people for Christ but has a great understanding that, in a ministry, that cannot be done without certain people doing the behind-the-scenes work. Leanne manages the Niagara Power website throughout the year and manages the concession stand at the games. Her and her husband, Chris (who runs the music effects during the Power games) are also the proud parents of Haylee Grace, 6 and Audrey Hope, 4. They are currently in the long process of adopting two children from Haiti and Ethiopia.
The Niagara Power has been blessed to have Kassie Bennett (top left) and Lauren Fonte (top right) helping throughout the off-season. They are both natives of Grand Island, NY. Lauren is an Elementary Special Education Teacher. Kassie is currently attending Buffalo State College for teaching. They have helped tremendously with administrative work, easing the workload for Sherrie. They also help during the season with merchandise and promotions.
Summer 2015 Interns
Brandon Mumaw Administrative Team Intern
Brandon Mumaw is a native of Wesley Chapel, FL where he has lived with his parents (Steve and Lenore), younger brother (Corey), and younger sister (Dana) his whole life. Brandon comes from an athletic background and played baseball, golf, basketball, and football growing up. In high school, Brandon stuck to baseball and golf as his main sports and played other sports for fun. After his freshman year at St. Leo University, Brandon joined the Niagara Power Baseball Team as a pitcher in 2012. Currently, Brandon is in his senior year at St. Leo and is just a couple classes away from graduating. We are pleased to have Brandon back as a baseball player and an administrative intern for the team.
Doug Smith Public Address Announcer
Chris Smith Public Address Announcer & Statistician
Renee Polka Statistician
Chris Stephenson Sound Technician
Jake Sweeney Equipment Manager
Tony Surace Athletic Training Coordinator
Shirley Bundy Concessions Assistant Manager
Abby Scott Concessions Assistant Manager
Jeri Bowden Ticket Booth Manager
Don & Nancy Treichler Gate Greeters
And Many, Many Great Volunteers!
Niagara University Game Day Interns:
Thank you also to all of the very willing volunteers who may not be at every game but make each and every Niagara Power season possible! We thank God for you and could not do it without you!
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