MdN Baseball Teams With Friends of Jaclyn

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Marcos de Niza Baseball Program Adopts a New Team Member | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:                                                                            CONTACT:
Steve Schuck, Head Baseball Coach                                     
Erin Perkins, Friends of Jaclyn
480-390-8383                                                                          855-486-3652                                                 


Marcos de Niza Baseball Partners with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation

Marcos de Niza’s Baseball program will host an official adoption ceremony for Wyrik Wile to become the newest member of the Padres baseball family


August 29, 2018 (Tempe, Arizona) –Event Announcement – Open to the Community:

What:              Adoption Ceremony for Wyrik Wile

Hosted by:      Marcos de Niza Baseball Program

            When:              Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

            Where:             Marcos de Niza High School Auditorium

            Time:               6:00 pm – 7:00 pm     


The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation (FoJ) was started when Jaclyn Murphy was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. Her wish was to help sick children connect with a team to show them love, support, friendship, and give them a sense of belonging. FoJ aims to improve the quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers by pairing them with local teams, clubs and community groups who make them an honorary team member.  

The Padre’s newest team member, Wyrik Wile, was diagnosed with Moyamoya Disease at a very young age. Now, thirteen years old, he had a stroke at age two and brain surgery to give him a new artery at age three. Unfortunately, the artery is not providing Wyrik with the amount of blood flow he requires. He remains in danger of strokes in the future and tragically, there is no cure for this disease. Wyrik is a huge sports fan and particularly loves the teams from the San Francisco because his doctors at Stanford gave him tickets when they could. While Wyrik cannot play contact sports he does play, and loves, basketball and running track. 

FoJ matches children based on the culture of the entire team, geography, and other influential factors, versus by a sport. The team environment provides the adoptee a happy place where they can go and be a part of something bigger. According to Friends of Jaclyn, “This is not a temporary activity which concludes after the season is over. We truly believe in adoption for life.” Marcos de Niza’s head baseball coach, Steve Schuck, has dedicated himself to developing a strong sense of community and giving back to others in his program. “We are honored to welcome Wyrik to our team and know he will make a bigger impact on our lives than we will make on his,” says Coach Schuck.  

MdN Baseball invites all to come out and join in this special occasion.



Coach Steve Schuck has been the Head Baseball Coach, Marcos de Niza High School since 2013 years, and has been on the MdN coaching staff since 2008. Since becoming head coach, Schuck has built a program of excellence and pride offering his student-athletes the opportunity to play for a program that is ultra-competitive while developing values such as teamwork, community service, integrity, self-discipline, loyalty, respect and accountability. The mission is to develop well-rounded young men, who when they graduate from Marcos de Niza, are prepared to make a positive impact on their families, academic/career pursuits, and communities. Since 2016, the MdN baseball program has maintained a 3.0+ GPA while actively volunteering as a team in the community.

Other notable accomplishments for Coach Schuck:

·         Associate Head Coach, Santa Barbara Foresters since 2013

·         Holds 3 NBC World Series championships

·         Coached 35 players who have been drafted to the MLB

·         Managed 4 years in the Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League; 2012 Champions

·         Coached  3 years with the Los Angeles Angels Pro Scout program

·         3-time American Baseball Coaches Association / Team Academic Excellence Award (GPA of 3.0 and higher / 2016, 2017, 2018)

·         2017 Tempe Diablos Excellence in Education Award / Finalist / High Impact Award

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