San Antonio - The Trinity softball team has many fans and friends, but none as fervent as McAllister Park Little League Softball.
This year, sophomore Gina Monaco with the help of her teammates created the "Trinity Buddies" program in order to help young girls with in the McAllister Park Softball Little League improve theirs skills and grow their love for the game.
"I always wanted to start something in the community I grew up in," Monaco said. "We have helped the players in skills camps, and they served as bat girls for us during a doubleheader with the University of Dallas (TX)."
Monaco said she only played baseball at McAllister Park, but knew enough people within the Little League program to make contacts for the softball teams. Her Tiger teammates have thoroughly embraced the idea of helping the up-and-coming softball players hone their skills and "grow confidence".
The Tigers met up with their Little League players three times during the spring season for skills lessons, which divided players up into rotating stations based on positions. The outfield section worked on getting behind the ball and catching it at the highest point for fly balls. The infield portion dealt with footwork and backhands, and the session on catchers illustrated how to frame pitches.
"If the girls are able to see us as role models, and get to our position as being college athletes, I think that means the world to them," Monaco said.
Indeed, it does mean the world to the girls, according to a coach, Tony Kaman. A civil engineer by day for San Antonio's CONTECH Engineered Solutions, Kaman coaches the Tigers Little League team, which is named after none other than the Trinity Tigers!
"The Trinity softball team has made a huge impact on our softball program at McAllister Park," Kaman said. "I am hoping this experience will help spur a passion and drive for our girls to want to play college softball. I can't thank Trinity University enough."