HARRISONBURG, Va., Nov. 28, 2012 – On Nov. 7, the James Madison softball team hosted an evening with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program at Memorial Hall. The team spent the night teaching softball skills to the girls, playing a game of softball and competing in a game of Duck, Duck, Goose.
JMU junior outfielder Cassidy Clayton (Acton, Mass./Acton Boxborough) was the team’s representative for writing a feature of the evening. She had this to say about the evening’s activities.
In Their Own Words – Cassidy Clayton
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” The James Madison softball team listened to that quote by Mahatma Gandhi on the night of Wednesday, Nov. 7. We were fortunate enough to have four “Big and Little” pairs joins us for an evening of softball, or at least that’s what we planned on.
We began by teaching the Littles how to do the basics, like throwing and hitting, which went surprisingly well, once we related hitting a softball to hitting a piñata. Next, our pitchers did a fantastic job of teaching the Littles how to pitch a softball. This is still hard for me, so for them to do so well with it was an awesome sight to see.
Next, the girls were ready to put their skills to the test in a real game. We taught them where each position plays on the field and what that person’s job was. We let them choose where they wanted to play and ended up with a pitcher, a catcher, a first baseman and a third baseman. The Littles did such a great job with such little experience of actually playing the game of softball. We played three innings of a cheer and danced-filled softball game that sophomore pitcher Reba DePriest (Apache Junction, Ariz./Skyline) described as, “very rewarding and definitely a great time.”
The last thirty minutes of the visit was, without a doubt, the best time all of us had that evening. We let the Littles pick our next activity. The consensus was to play a game of Duck, Duck, Goose and I think my teammates and I were more excited with their decision than the girls were.
The Littles reminded us of how much we have to be thankful for, and more importantly, their visit let us be run around and be kids again. It was a beneficial break from our busy schedules to be able to give back and I think I can speak for the team when I say the Big Brothers, Big Sisters visit was a very fulfilling and gratifying evening that we all hope happens again very soon.
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