While many teenagers were sleeping in on a rainy Saturday morning in early September, a group of Nook Softball Academy 18U Elite girls and parents were hard at work painting a swing set, mulching, and lining basketball courts at the East Petersburg Community Park. The team, coached by Mike Kolenda, practices at the East Petersburg pool field every now and then, and wanted to go the extra mile for a great cause.
East Petersburg Community Park was recently selected by Paul Davis to receive a much needed facelift. Nook Assistant Coach Pat Cook, resident of East Petersburg, coordinated the volunteer opportunity for the Nook team. The video montage of the entire effort at the park can be viewed HERE.
As they do on the softball field, the girls represented the Nook very well, giving a 100% effort and diving fully into the task at hand. To give an idea of the level of dedication these girls have to their sport, Friday night they had hitting practice, Saturday morning they volunteered at the East Pete Restoration Park project, and Sunday around 6am they were on the road to New Jersey, where they spent the day playing softball games to kick off their fall tournament season at the PINK RIBBON Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament.
This is not the first time that a Nook Softball Academy team has given back and it certainly won’t be the last! Last year, Rob Sturgill’s 16U Black team’s players and parents volunteered a Saturday in May to umpire slowpitch softball games for the Special Olympics at East Pennsboro High School. The valuable lessons that these coaches are passing along to their players by coordinating such events is invaluable to their travel softball experience. Many of these girls will go on to play collegiate softball, where community service is another great part of the balance that is expected and comes with being an elite student athlete.