Johnny Price Memorial College Scholarship

The Johnny Price Memorial College Scholarship was established in 2016 to honor our beloved teammate, who passed away following an automobile accident December 4th, 2015. The scholarship will support a student-athlete who exemplifies the qualities of Johnny Price.

“Price was a person who every athlete should strive to be,” said Adam Barta, founder of Blizzard Baseball Academy and Head Coach of the Minnesota Blizzard. “He was a vibrant young man who positively impacted the lives of others and made every single one of his teammates better.”

John “Johnny” Price IV (1997-2015) has been recognized by his peers as one of the best players and teammates ever to step on the field in a Blizzard uniform. A Division 1 recruit and very talented hitter, Price was a versatile player, manning the outfield and corner infield positions, as well as logging innings as a hard-throwing right hander. At the plate, Price hit in the middle of the order, leading his Blizzard teams to the playoffs in eight separate tournaments, including three championships between 2013-2015.

Price had one of, if not the top, offensive weekends in Blizzard history in the 2015 ScoutStop August Select tournament. Price hit three home runs, including two at Jack Ruhr Field and another in the championship game at CHS Field in St. Paul. Over the course of the tournament, Price went 10-for-16, posting a .625 batting average with 10 RBIs and six runs to go along with the three homers.

While Price’s contributions were clearly valued on the field, what truly made him an MVP was his impact away from the diamond. Price, who was a friend to everyone, was the center of every Blizzard activity from team-building exercises to fun in the hotel and van rides to and from the ballpark. He taught younger players how to play and practice, leading with great effort and an even better attitude.

“There have been many wonderful people in the Blizzard program since 2003, and Johnny was one of the greatest,” Barta said. “People will ask why such an amazing person was taken so early, but I like to think about how incredibly lucky I was to have known him while he was here.”

The scholarship application consists of prompts that highlight characteristics of applicants on and off the baseball field. Responses to application prompts can be submitted via a formal essay, video recording, audio recording, slideshow etc. The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior in the Blizzard program.

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