Local youth say “Yes!” to being a good sport
Several years ago Terry Schuler established a fund in the Washington County Community Foundation. He wanted to help youth in our community experience summer league baseball and softball and to grow as a result of the experience.
This year, the first Terry Schuler Good Sportsmanship Awards were presented to local youth who participated in the Salem Park and Rec summer baseball/softball season. Players were nominated by the league directors. “We are excited joining forces with the Washington County Community Foundation by way of this special Terry Schuler Fund to encourage and reward outstanding sportsmanship within our Baseball/Softball/Tee Ball program,” stated Denise Newkirk, Director of the Salem Park and Rec Department. “Our three league directors over Girls Softball, Tee Ball/Rookie, and 10U/12U Baseball were asked to observe and nominate one player from each age division who displayed positive sportsmanship during the 2016 season. The actual process was left up to the individual league director. Congratulations to the recipients, and thank you to the Washington County Community Foundation. Each player received a backpack and a book.
Additionally, Judy Johnson, Executive Director of the Washington County Community Foundation presented a check to Denise Newkirk. The check for $690.00 was from the Terry Schuler fund and is to be used to buy baseball/softball equipment. “Terry wanted local kids to find the joy and learn the important life lessons that he did we he played summer ball,” explained Johnson. “He believed that the lessons he learned on the ballfield helped to develop his character and values. It is our hope that these awards will nurture good sportsmanship in all our youth.”
The mission of the Washington County Community Foundation is to engage people, build resources and strengthen our community. Visit the website at www.wccf.biz and like the Foundation on Facebook.