Player Feature: KK Morris inside USTA Tennis


Player Feature: KK Morris inside USTA Tennis

When we took on KK as a tennis scholarship player, we knew from the get go that she was going to be an accomplished athlete. We are so proud to see her hard work paid off by being featured in this month’s issue of USTA Tennis.

Check out the article below to learn more about KK and our mission in the Houston-area sports scene.

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For more information about Walden Racquet Center and their local mission click here.

To support more players like KK, please consider donating to Elly’s Kids. All donations go directly to pay for lessons, league fees, equipment and player necessities.. You can donate online or find information to donate via mail by clicking here.



Player Profile: Cody Risner

Hello Baseball family! We'd like to introduce our second Elly's Kid, Cody Risner. Cody has been working with us for almost one year and has made great improvements to his game. We're very thankful to have the opportunity to help Cody and appreciate his passion both on and off the field. Cody's mom helped prepare his profile for him which is featured below. 

Cody Risner is a smart, big-hearted 15-year-old young man who loves God and his family. Cody has an older sister and two younger brothers.  He is a very dependable and hard working young man who loves making people laugh.  He is a freshman at Montgomery High School who runs Cross Country and wants to play baseball for his high school team.  From the day Cody stepped on the baseball field, he fell in love with the game, and baseball has been the place he could always go when things in life got hard.  

When Cody’s father left him and his siblings, Cody ran to the baseball field to find the peace he needed to get through.  If you ask Cody to describe his favorite summer he would say it would be a summer full of playing baseball and volunteering as a camp counselor at the church for the annual Ark kids’ camp.  

Elly’s Kids has been a great help for Cody.  Not only are the helping us finically with the fees for baseball, but they are building on Cody’s baseball skills and confidence.  As a single mom, it has been truly a blessing to be part of this great organization.

We look forward to continuing to help kids like Cody realize their love for the game of baseball or softball. If you would like to help players in need please consider donating to our foundation. 

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Elly's Kids Intern Profile - Lucas Feddersen

We are proud to announce our first ever intern, Elliot's good friend and longtime ball player Lucas Feddersen. Lucas has been working with us since January, attending events and helping us raise donations. We are blessed to have him as a friend of the family and such an ardent suporter of Elly's Kids. Learn more about him from his bio below. 

Lucas Kyle Feddersen, 23, will graduate from Arkansas State University in May 2016 with a degree in Sports Management. Currently he is serving his internship requirement hours with Elly's Kids, an organization close to his heart. 

Lucas' love for baseball began early on the Conroe Area youth fields and grew from there to include select ball and eventually joining the team at The Woodlands High School. Lucas started his college career at nationally ranked Crowder College (Division 1 JUCO) where he played shortstop and received the Bob Holtz dirt bag award given to the player who exemplifies selflessness, perseverance, discipline, and hard work. 

Division 1 Arkansas State University Red Wolves noticed Lucas' ability to hit "the other way" and picked him up to finish his college career as a shortstop/outfielder. Currently he holds the record for number of positions player on the field at 6. While at Arkansas State he was instrumental in helping the Red Wolves reach the Sun Belt Conference Tournament two years in a row. 

When asked about his mission statement in life, it's 'simple, really' - "Approve what is excellent" (Phil. 1:10). Excellent , not perfect. Striving to be excellent is something we can all improve on, while perfection belongs only to the guy who walks on water. 

Lucas is also a hitting and fielding coach in the Houston area while he works with us as a Sponsorship Representative, helping us finance future Elly's Kids scholarships and funding. 


Player Profile: Trevor Nale


Player Profile: Trevor Nale

We're proud to introduce our first Elly's Kid, Trevor Nale, 16. Get to know him from his profile below. 


My name is Trevor Nale and I am 16 years old and a junior at Tomball High School.  I have always dreamed of playing college baseball, would love to play at Sam Houston State in Huntsville, then off to the big leagues.

I have played baseball since I was 5 years old. I have tried all positions except catcher. I was on the Tomball All-Star team when I was 13, 14 and 15 years of age. I am strongest at 2nd base. My Coach at the Fury where I currently play has also been playing me at 3rd since I have a strong arm. Coach has taken me from a little league ball player to a player who is more confident in what I do on the field everyday as he has shown me the techniques I missed in little league. Everything has improved and he is now working so I can make the High School team, and playing in front of scouts. I know he will get me where I want to be as long as I implement every direction he gives, which I do.

I have a hidden talent to, God blessed me with a voice to sing.  I have been singing since elementary school. I was also in the church choir. Since Junior High I have received many solo and ensemble awards. I have also made it to the District and Region level each year of High school, this year I also made it to the Area auditions, I would love to make it to State my Senior year, I know if I work hard I will accomplish that. I received my Letterman jacket as a freshman at Tomball due to the awards and levels I received, this was a check on my bucket list. I have also held an officer position in the choir my sophomore and junior year.  I broke the barrier last year when I sang my first solo, which had my mom in tears as she has never heard me sing by myself.

I am also a State swimmer in the Butterfly and play Water Polo for Tomball High school. This has helped me stay in shape which is why I joined, and throwing a 2 pound ball while treading in 12 feet of water improved my throwing arm for baseball. Sadly I will be giving up this sport to increase my focus on baseball as that is my dream.

But just because I am an athlete don’t underestimate me, I also excel academically. I am currently ranked 44 out of 401 students in my graduating class, I will get to the top 10% by graduation day. By the end of my junior year I will have completed my first 2 years of basics classes for college. I have taken all AP and Duel credit classes available since I was in junior high. I am currently scheduled to graduate with distinguished honors in 2017. Once I complete, hopefully, my four years at Sam Houston State I would like to transfer to Baylor for my Grad degree in medical field. Why medicine? Because of my older brother who has Autism and I would love to be able to make a difference.

I have participated in my church since I was a kid. I continue to strive to be involved at the church in many ways because my faith is important to my success, as it’s my job to perfect the talents God has given me, plus it just makes you feel good. I have done several retreats and conventions with the junior high and high school. I have helped with the woman of the church garage sales, the youth firework stands, and feeding the hungry at the soup kitchen in Houston.

I am the 2nd oldest to my mom Trina, who is a single mom who works way too hard to give us everything we need. When we ask for things she says 'is it a need or a want?' But she always tries to get us these things, because I think it makes her happy to see us happy. My mom works for Coca-Cola, I get to help with Canstruction which is something Coke does to help the Houston Food Bank every year, I have participated for 3 years and earned community service hours for this. Mom keep’s a quote in the family “work hard, pray every day, laugh a lot and always sit at the dinner table together, because everything else will work itself out.”  We live by this.

My oldest brother Tyler is an icon to me. He has overcome so many challenges in his life having Autism. He currently is a sophomore at Centenary College in Shreveport to get a degree in graphic art design. With everything he went thru, he is in college and even made the Dean’s list. I am so proud of him and look up to him and his achievements. I have a 13 year old sister Tristin, who is in junior high, and is also a state swimmer, dancer and in choir. She is also an Alter server at our church. I have a 9 year old brother Trace, who is in elementary school choir, UIL chess club and an Alter server in our church. He was 4th on the junior state swim team this summer and is pre-qualified for the 2016 summer junior Olympics.

I could go on and on about my family for one simple reason, they are my foundation and my mom and God are my rocks. My mom lets us make mistakes and some of our choices simply (or challengingly) so we can learn from them, because I have had to learn the hard way growing up that life isn't always roses; when given a lemon don't cry about it - make lemonade. I have always worked hard for this reason, not only for my dreams but for my family, and to make everyone proud. 



Elly's Kids Accepted Into Amazon's Smile Program

We are proud to announce that our organization has been accepted into the Amazon Smile Program! Shopping through the program is simple: 

- Visit 

- Search for your desired charity (We appear as Elly's Kids - For the Love of the Game) 

- Select the charity and begin shopping

For every purchase made from Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase (prior to taxes and shipping) to our foundation. This donation is at no cost to you, but you must shop via the Smile URL in order for the donation to take place. 

Thank you as always for supporting our foundation and helping ball players achieve their dreams. 



Buffalo Wild Wings "Eat Wings. Raise Funds" Nights

A big thanks to Buffalo Wild Wings in Tomball, TX as well as our friend Camille Villaver for organizing these events. 

Former players, friends and family all gathered at the Tomball location of Buffalo Wild Wings on three different nights in March to raise funds for Elly's Kids. Our flyers were able to be turned in with any check for 10% of the total to be donated to the organization and we raised just over $150 as well as some gear donations for our players. While it may not seem like much, their General Manager assured us that for a first time organization we greatly outperformed the average amount of money raised. 

We're looking forward to future opportunities with Buffalo Wild Wings, including a dedicated "Elly's Kids Night" where we would receive a portion of profits from that night without having to pass out flyers. Thank you again to everyone who came out to join us and enjoy some wings.