FAIRFIELD – For years, Tyler Bradshaw sat in his back yard listening to Marty Brennaman and Joe Nuxhall play the Cincinnati Reds games on his Sony boombox.
On July 1, the 2005 Fairfield High School graduate will take up his new position as Executive Director of the Nuxhall Foundation – the organization’s first full-time employee.
Together with Nuxhall’s son Kim, honorary chief executive officer and president of the organization, he directs the day-to-day operations of the foundation.
“It’s the job of your life. I’m sitting on my desk with a Marty and Joe bobblehead, ”Bradshaw said.
“I am a very spiritual person. God changed my path here and there to make this possible. “
The foundation’s projects include the Miracle League Fields and League, which provides an accessible baseball and recreational facility for players with disabilities, the Joe Nuxhall Memorial Scholarships, and the Joe Nuxhall Character Education Fund.
Bradshaw is no stranger to the organization or its work. Bradshaw joined the board of directors of Miracle League Fields six years ago; two years ago he became a constituent member of the foundation’s board of directors.
Last year Bradshaw co-led the COVID Can’t campaign and raised $ 175,000 to help support the Miracle League fields. He also spent nine years transferring the Hamilton Joe’s college summer baseball team, named after Joe Nuxhall.
“We really ‘struck gold’ with Tyler Bradshaw. I just can’t think of a better person to carry the torch of inheritance my father passed on, ”said Kim Nuxhall.
“His outstanding character and competence as well as his unique ability to articulate all facets of the Nuxhall Foundation give us a high level of confidence for our future.”
Bradshaw said his first priorities are updating the organization’s mission and vision plans, returning to personal events, organizing the Miracle Ball fundraiser this fall, and completing the creation of a Miracle League mascot.
Bradshaw said he would also begin work on the foundation’s next project – building a year-round sports facility for athletes with special needs that would also include a hall of fame, adaptive recreation room, gym, rock wall, and other amenities.
Bradshaw said he wanted to make sure people knew the story of Joe Nuxhall – both as a Reds player and as a broadcaster – and what kind of person he was.
“The game plan is simple. In everything we do, we will ensure that future generations know who Joe Nuxhall was, what he stood for and why his story matters, ”said Bradshaw.
Nuxhall’s 30+ television partner Marty Brennaman said Bradshaw was the right person for the job.
“Given his background and success at all levels, Tyler Bradshaw would no doubt be an overwhelming achievement for a foundation that I hold dear. I’m looking forward to big things on the horizon, ”Brennaman said.
Bradshaw has worked in the Miami University admissions office for the past 10 years, most recently as assistant admissions director. He holds his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Miami and is doing his PhD there.
He and Mrs. Paige have a son, Jackson.