To the Editor,
As one reaches the final chapters of their lives, we often look back on events of joy and sadness and the memories associated with them.
As we rapidly approach the year 2018, I think of a very happy memory. I find it hard to believe that it was nearly 40 years ago that I was a small part in starting the very first girl’s softball league in Waxahachie in 1978.
Joe Camarillo, Kim Crouch Butler and I met and discussed the need for this activity for young girls in our city. We approached the Optimist Club and they graciously allowed us to play Saturday mornings on their field.
This fledgling league for slow pitch softball consisted of five teams. Joe Camarillo and his late brother, Sam Camarillo, coached the OCF team. The late Shirley Steele coached the Bombers. Dewey Coulson coached a team. Carol Calvert coached Carol’s Comets. Kim and I coached the Blue Angels. I hope old my memory serves me correctly and I don’t leave anyone out.
We were lucky to have volunteers step up to umpire for us. We all got our own sponsors and equipment and in some cases, we shared our equipment.
The most important part was that young girls in Waxahachie between the ages of eight and fourteen were able, for the first time, to play competitive softball.
I feel confident that I speak for all the coaches and players involved in this fledgling softball league when I say we had so much fun. These young players learned all about the rules of softball, how to be competitive and how to display good sportsmanship.
I hope I don’t leave anyone out and please forgive me if I do, but I know that some of the players in our league have children that have been former stars or current star players for the Waxahachie Lady Indian Softball Team. Sara Camarillo Banda’s daughter, Tori Banda was an outstanding pitcher for the Lady Indians. Sharon Edwards Levingston and Billie Whitt Wallace both have daughters, Sherrika Levingston and Andi Wallace, who currently play for the Lady Indians.
As I see the number of softball teams now in Waxahachie, it makes me proud to know that I had a small part in planting the seed that started it all.
It has truly been a pleasure to see these young ladies grow up to be such outstanding adults.
To all who were a part of this, I just want to say---THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!!
Guila Jackson, Waxahachie