It is with great sadness that we share with the greater Acton Boxborough Youth Baseball community that our dear friend, leader, and steadfast supporter of youth baseball unexpectedly passed away on August 13th, 2016. Sanjay Khosla tirelessly served the league for 11 years, starting as a coach and Fields Coordinator before rising to a long tenure as President. During his devoted stewardship, ABYB was able to greatly expand its offerings and improve its facilities, providing the youth of Acton, Boxboro and many neighboring towns one of the best educational recreational programs available statewide, regardless of a child’s playing caliber or a family’s ability to enroll.
Sanjay’s legacy of program and facility improvements is immense. One of his earliest leadership contributions, working alongside Mike Coppolino & Steve Mielke, was the enormous fundraising effort to light the high school field, a venture which included participation from community sponsors, organizations and the town itself. The lit field has served not only ABYB, but also the high school and adult baseball leagues. During his tenure many other significant field improvements occurred, including dugouts at MacPherson Field (in conjunction with the Massachusetts Melanoma Foundation), and enhancements of the dugouts at Veteran’s Field to provide rain and sun protection. He was also an avid proponent of the league supporting and working with other baseball-related charities with strong local ties.
While those contributions are significant, it is his work on behalf of furthering the mission of youth baseball, and improving the teaching and coaching aspects of the league, that are most noteworthy. Amongst his many efforts were the constant recruitment of new coaches, along with programs to orient, assist and inform their instructional methods, and safety education days with the Acton/Boxborough Fire & Police Departments. For the players, Sanjay forged an extremely close working relationship with the AtBats indoor training facility in Boxborough, where all coaches were able to hold pre-season workouts and practices free of charge. He also was instrumental in the offering of league-wide clinics, including skills nights regularly featuring many AB high school players. Yet another facet of Sanjay’s commitment was ABYB’s increased involvement with statewide and national competitive and recreational programs, most notably summer leagues like Bay State, Lou Tompkins, Massachusetts Independent Baseball, and Minuteman. The reward for this participation included several highly successful Little League World Series runs, most notably the 2012 team which competed in the State Championship Finals.
On the promotional front, to constantly increase and solidify the interest of children and families in the sport, the league staged baseball movie nights, a Winter Baseball Carnival, a baseball book event, and even brought the first (and then all three) Red Sox World Series Trophies to town.
It is also important to recognize Sanjay’s wife Trudy, who was integral to helping stage many of these efforts, as well as Sanjay’s children Remy and Lauren.
While others will undoubtedly step in to keep the league running and providing the fine programs it has always strived to offer, Sanjay’s legacy of care, enthusiasm, unbridled dedication, and acumen will be impossible to replace. His leadership leaves the league on incredible footing. He will be dearly missed by his many friends and fans on the ABYB Board, in the town departments he forged close ties with, and in the community at large. We offer our sincerest condolences and support to the Khosla family during this time.
The family respectfully requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Acton-Boxborough Youth Baseball, c/o Bill Wiggins, Treasurer, 1 Maddy Ln., Acton, MA 01720. Please add “In memory of Sanjay Khosla” on the check memo line, and make checks payable to “Acton-Boxborough Youth Baseball.”