Ryan Lemmon was a lifetime Irvine resident who graduated from Woodbridge High School in June 1993. His accomplishments included being a four year varsity starter in baseball and receiving the Scholar Athlete Award at Woodbridge in 1993. He was tragically killed in a car accident following his first year of college at Pepperdine University. With the Irvine City Council’s approval and the broad support of the community the main field at Windrow Park was renamed The Ryan Lemmon Stadium. A life size bronze statue is prominent at the park recognizing his symbolism and the virtues of youth athletics throughout Orange County. Following Ryan’s death, his Father , Guy Lemmon, formed the Ryan Lemmon Foundation as a means of creating a way to “give back” to the local Orange County baseball community.
The Ryan Lemmon Foundation was created in 1995 as a non profit organization. The Foundation’s “flagship” event is the Orange County Showcase for high school seniors and sophomores, now in its 16th year. The June event is a two day All-Star baseball and Softball events which includes 48 Orange County high schools. The event is televised throughout the summer and is the crowning highlight for many of the young men and women athletic careers. The Ryan Lemmon Foundation also hosts the Orange County High School Fall and Winter leagues.
The Foundation is dedicated to helping student athletes pursue their athletic career beyond high school by offering scholarships as well. These scholarships are awarded to deserving young men and women who, through hard work on the field, classroom, and community, have earned the respect of their coaches, teachers and peers by demonstrating good sportsmanship and positive attitudes.