Foundation History

2014 - High Heat 17, The Richard C. Stockwell Foundation is established.

2015 - Drive for Diamonds Charity Golf Event is established to raise funds for student-athlete scholarships and youth sports programs.

2015 - Alex Bacevicius is awarded the first scholarship to attend college and continue his baseball career.

2016 - Ryan Ballard is selected for the 2016 scholarship.  The second baseman will attend Robert Morris College.

2017 - Dan Cryan is selected for the 2017 scholarship.  He will attend South Suburban College to continue his baseball career.

2018 - Kevin Bushnell is selected for the 2018 scholarship.  He will attend South Suburban College to continue his baseball career.

Richard C. Stockwell

The man behind the foundation

High Heat 17

The Richard C. Stockwell Foundation

CURRENT programs

The Drive for Diamonds Golf Outing will raise money for scholarships benefiting high school baseball players to attend college.  


No need is too small and no voice is too quiet to be heard. We will devote the time and energy necessary to help educate and advocate on behalf of youth athletes.

Black and Gold

for Andrew Baseball

Black and Red

for Firefighter

Mission Statement

High Heat 17, The Richard C. Stockwell Foundation is a non-profit charity organization founded in memory of Coach Richard C. Stockwell. Our mission is to “provide today’s youth with opportunities to enhance their lives thru the baseball diamond.”
Richard C. Stockwell was a retired Harvey Firefighter/Lieutenant of 33 years. He was married to Kathy, his H.S. sweetheart for 44 years and the father to 3 children, Erich, Rob and Amy. All are graduates of Thornton High School. He resided in Harvey for 44 years. Rich volunteered his whole life to helping children thru sports. He coached Harvey Little League and Babe Ruth. He was a volunteer High School baseball coach at Thornton H.S. for 5 years. He then was a volunteer baseball coach at Andrew H.S. for 18 years. It was Rich’s passion!
Rich was a golf enthusiast also and worked at the golf course, Glenwoodie, cutting grass 3 days a week after retiring. He would even fish at the pond during his lunch breaks. Rich was a kind, loyal, trustworthy, good man. His legacy is volunteering and kindness. Rich left the world a better place. We want to share that goodness with others always in his honor. This foundation will promote, develop, mentor, and voluntarily assist in the interest of those who will participate in organized baseball.” Our goal is the all-round development of young people not just baseball players. Baseball just happens to be the vehicle used to develop life skills that extend beyond the game.
Through proper coaching, guidance and exemplary leadership, High Heat 17 assists today’s youth in developing the important qualities of hard work, discipline, teamwork, education and physical well-being. By instilling virtues of strong character, courage and loyalty, High Heat 17 is designed to develop baseball players who become influential members of society. The Foundation will benefit but not be limited to a Baseball Scholarship to a player from Andrew High School to attend South Suburban College annually and play for Coach Steve Ruzich. Funds will be raised thru the “Drive for Diamonds” Golf Outing on June 18, 2016 at Glenwoodie Golf Club. This scholarship will be awarded to a player whom Coach Dehaan and his staff at Andrew decide has earned this honor not only for their extraordinary baseball talent but outstanding moral character. As the Foundation grows year after year, the goal is to help as many kids in as many programs possible
achieve their dreams and goals. This will extend to programs such as Little League, and other branches of organized baseball on various levels. We are in search of people and organizations who want to be a part of our mission. Please consider donating to our cause so that we can touch as many lives as possible to honor Rich and enhance the lives of children and young adults in the process. We appreciate your time and consideration with this matter and look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!


Assistance to student-athletes and youth sports orgainizations through help with college fees and raising funds for community programs.

Purple and White 

for his Alma Mater Thornton Township High School

Rich was involved with many activities and people throughout his life.  Hopefully, we can continue to  honor Rich’s life by carrying on together. Please lend a helping hand.  Activities that were dear to his heart are represented here and through this site. 

The Richard C. Stockwell Foundation