'The wonderful Beloit families'

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Near the end of last summer, my husband and I were approached about our daughter playing on a tournament softball team. With the knowledge that these commitments affect a large portion of time we discussed the opportunity with our daughter and made the decision to proceed.

This group of young ladies had all played fastpitch previously, but mostly at a recreational level. Coach Champeny and Coach DJ worked with our girls all fall and through the winter. With some early losses against more experienced teams, our girls needed to buckle down and make some progress in order to compete during the summer.

With softball practices continuing indoors throughout the winter these girls never stopped working. These girls never stopped participating in a variety of other sports competing for their home schools (I forgot to mention that these young ladies attend Fruzen, McNeel, Cunningham, Aldrich and Turner middle schools). These girls never let their studies slide as most of our team received honor and high honor roll recognition, but more importantly, these girls never stopped having fun. As parents we all sat by and witnessed their quirky, fun loving, and committed personalities transform into a competitive softball team.

Competition aside, the most important part of this experience comes from the truly wonderful people we have met along the way. Anyone who has ever known a coach understands the time commitment and sacrifice it takes to coach a team. These young ladies rally around one another, support one another and enjoy one another. The parents support one another in and out of the stands. I am so glad that my family has had the opportunity to meet such a wonderful group of Beloit families, and I look forward to many more games. Go Pride!

Jen Gustafson

Beloit

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