The Lady Dirtbags are getting ready for their 7th season! Its hard to believe we have been building this great team for 7 years already. But they do say – “Time flies when you are having fun!” We are excited to share with you that we have expanded our organization to include four teams this year. We are so happy to be able to offer the Lady Dirtbags Experience to even more girls this year. We will have a 10, two 12u, and 14u teams this season. Our goals are to provide young ladies from the surrounding area an opportunity to become better athletes and citizens. This year we have girls representing eight area school districts including:
- Central Cambria
- Penn Cambria
- Holy Name
- Conemaugh Valley
- Greater Johnstown
- Chestnut Ridge
- Forest Hills
- Bishop McCort
We are formed under the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies. Because of this partnership, the girls are required to do community service projects to be a part of the team.
As you may know, Lady Dirtbag Softball is much more than just simple athletic competition. It’s about developing youth leadership skills through community service and volunteerism. In addition to these kids being able to play America’s favorite pastime throughout the year, the Club gives them the opportunity to reach out to the community and perform a variety of service projects. Two years ago, we partnered with the Johnstown Backpack Project to help fulfill the needs of local kids who don’t have enough to eat over the weekend when they can’t eat breakfast and lunch at school. We plan to continue our relationship with them again this year and look forward to participating is several other community service projects as well.
I’m proud to share with your that the Lady Dirtbags won a very special award this year. In addition to winning a few tournaments, the most important accolade we received this season was the Humanitarian Award that was presented by the Community Action Partnership. We also won the the James “Jimbo” Peracchino Sportsmanship Award given out at the Ebensburg Area Youth Softball Tournament. This award was voted on by the umpires that weekend and was given to one team in each age group that represented great sportsmanship by the team, coaches and parents.
This team is about much more than softball for everyone involved. It’s about teaching the girls about community service and leadership. It’s about teamwork – on and off the field. And, it’s about having fun! We travel to 5 tournaments each season – the girls have as much fun at the hotel pools as they do playing the game! They have become friends and its really neat to watch that happen – all because of the love of softball!