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It is my pleasure to donate to a cause that John Titus is a part of. I was his School Resource Officer for 6 years and never worked with anyone that was very professional and caring! I was made to feel part of a team that I believe was very successful!
Mark Seymour
Giving back to the man who has given so much!
Joyce Kennedy
Mr. Titus (I still can’t call you by your first name), I’m not sure any words I post here will adequately convey my appreciation for all you’ve done for me. It wasn’t fair to my other bosses that you were the first impression of what a leader could and should be. During my student teaching at Monacan, I’ll never forget seeing you in your full suit on the ground trying to fix the juke box. I said, “Isn’t there someone else to do that?” And you said, “They are busy, and I know the seniors will want to listen to music at lunch.” That, for me, captures how you are a true servant leader; you do what it is you would ask of overs. I couldn’t have picked a better person to be around when I had not 1, not 2, but 3 children. (Yes, I’m still holding at 3!!!) Each time I received an article from you about Michelle Duggar having another child, I smiled. Thank you for inspiring all of us with your wit, candor, and especially your humility. Best always, Sarah Mansfield
Sarah Mansfield
John Titus is a professional in every sense of the word and is unquestionably one of the best school administrators in the field of education. In addition to his professionalism and tremendous leadership skills, he is kind, caring, and compassionate as well. He commanded respect from the entire school community. He made decisions carefully and always put the best interest of students first. I learned a great deal about being a successful school administrator working with John Titus. He had a way of making those with whom he worked want to perform at their highest level and he was quick to acknowledge the hard work, positive contributions, and successes of all those individuals. I think everyone benefitted, at one time or another, from one or more of his wonderful handwritten notes. I have vivid memories of excited students showing me the note they received from Mr. Titus-and occasionally asking me to decipher it for them as his handwriting, while always recognizable, could be a little……
Mary Robinson
difficult to decipher! Those notes made everyone feel special. John also has a wonderful sense of humor. I can remember a number of conversations during which we reflected on a particularly challenging situation, day or week that would end in laughter as John somehow managed to find the humor in the challenge. John had very high standards for himself and for others, and provided an tremendous role model for students and staff. He is an amazing leader and a wonderful man who is truly deserving of acknowledgement and appreciation for all that he has accomplished over his years in education. I will always be grateful for having had the good fortune to work with and learn from John Titus for so many years. He’s definitely “the best”!
Continued from Mary Robinson
Hi John, It appears that you are once again doing good deeds under the shadow of The Clarke Kent(Superman) persona! It is no surprise to me that you would be the force behind the creation of a “first class” baseball facility. I would expect nothing less. While so many of your fans remember your leadership at James River, I want to take this opportunity to share some John Titus moments that some may not know about. I will never forget the the kind handwritten note that you sent to me in Hampton, welcoming me to Chesterfield as the new superintendent. I will forever remember you for your thoughtfulness and the obligatory “purple and green” m&ms! However, I believe my fondest memory of you is seeing you impersonating Michael Jackson at a Senior Class event. A member of your staff sent me the CD……..(continued)
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr., Ed.D. 
continued…. The word on the street was that Mr. T  performed a “cool” moonwalk. What made this event so memorable, was the backstory that lead to that performance. Some months earlier the Senior class had acted poorly at a school event with parents and others in attendance. As a result of this uncharacteristic behavior, you suspended Senior Class activities for the spring. Members of the senior class were disappointed, but also very remorseful. When asked by some the seniors if they could have a talent show, you not only said yes, but you also agreed to their request that you dress up as MJ-silver gloves, jacket with glitter, moon walking shoes and classic white socks. Wow! Seeing you on the CD reminded me that you truly are a “student advocate” in every way. Thanks, John, for all that you do to inspire a giving spirit! From a Hokie/Hoo to another Hoo….I am so VERY PROUD of you!      
- Billy K. Cannaday, Jr., Ed.D. - Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and Dean School of Continuing & Professional Studies - UVA| SCPS

RBI Inaugural Newsletter

RBI – January 27, 2012

 

Rapids Baseball Incorporated was established in 2011 with a mission to do more than host baseball tournaments. Our mission is to use our baseball blessings to give back to the young men who go through the baseball program at James River High School as well as other students and our community. Despite the fact that we are incredibly passionate about baseball, life involves more than baseball—one day all of us will hang up our cleats. We recognize this fact and want our young men prepared for that day. We want the students of James River and Chesterfield County to experience more than just baseball; successful lives have broad life experiences.

Welcome to Rapids Baseball Incorporated – or, RBI as we refer to it. We are proud to have developed a tournament schedule that is diverse and varied in allowing teams to have fun and play competitive baseball.

 

We hope you enjoy your experience. We hope our mission is contagious addictive. Provide me with any suggestions you may have at:

rapidsbaseball@gmail.com

 

Our Facility

 

Rapids Baseball Incorporated has teamed up with James River Baseball to provide one of the best fields and facilities in the area. James River High School has significantly updated their facility in the past five seasons. In 2008, the new varsity field was built, complete with new fencing, dugouts, bullpens, and a cage. This field is one of the best in the state of Virginia. In 2012, the program unveiled its field house, a beautiful facility that houses a concession stand and bathrooms on the lower level bottom, and a press box and locker room on the second floor. 2012 also brought lights to the James River High School field.

 

Our Staff

 

It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you the staff members here at RBI. This staff brings a wealth of knowledge, passion, and excitement to the game of baseball.

 

– Greg Dommisse –He has coached high school sports for 23 years. He enters his 11th season as a James River baseball coach, and has been a part of a staff that has won five Dominion District Championships, three Central Region Championships, and two group AAA Virginia State Championships.

– Chris Roarty – Chris has been a member of the James River High School Baseball Coaching Staff since 2003 when he served as Head Coach for the Junior Varsity program through 2006. In 2007, Coach Roarty became a Varsity Assistant and was part of a staff that led James River to back to back Virginia High School State Championships.

 

– William “Bill” Bray – Bill has been an assistant coach for

the JRHS JV Baseball team since 2005. He also coached baseball at Clover Hill High School where he was varsity assistant. He had the good fortune of helping coach the 1978 Group A State Championship Cavaliers squad.

 

– Bryan Hannum – Bryan played baseball at James River High School for four years graduating in 2006. He went on to play college baseball at Randolph Macon College winning an ODAC title in 2008. He has now served two years as a varsity assistant coach at James River High School.

 

Building a Tradition of Baseball that Lasts

 

James River High School has played baseball for seventeen seasons. The current coaching staff has been in place for five years and has won two Virginia AAA State Championships, three Central Region titles and two Dominion District titles in that time frame. They have helped over eighteen players go on to college programs. They have given back to the local community through hospital visits, an annual Military Appreciation Game, and a Senior Day/Benefit game that benefitted Susan G. Komen in 2011 and the Leukemia Society in 2012.

 

Rapids Baseball Incorporated shares this vision and passion for the game along with the commitment to better our surrounding area. Here at RBI, we fully intend on providing not only the best baseball competition and instruction, but ensuring the involvement and betterment of our local community.

 

Thank you and we hope to see you on the field soon!

 

Pete Schumacher

 

Never lose sight of what “best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.”