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Oct. 1, 2008 - Editorial -- staff
Softball, It's a Beautiful ThingTerry Hennessy CEO
The beauty of softball – and sports -- is that it allows us to transcend a largely imperfect world littered with prejudice, hatred, and violence and it lifts us to a pinnacle of human behavior where men and women are judged primarily on performance.
This is a special place where a teammate’s hitting or fielding determines his or her value to the team – not heritage, not religion, not political views.
There is something fundamentally pure about sports; it cuts away the façade of social judgment and replaces it with cold, hard stats.
There is also something almost mystical in the way it blends players with vastly different backgrounds and beliefs into a group with a common goal that can be only accomplished through working together.
That competitive spirit enables teams to produce better results than may be possible with its individual players. How many times have we seen a team with clearly superior athletic players fall to a team that simply plays better as a unit?
Senior Softball players take the sport to an even higher level; extending mutual respect and friendship across team lines. It warms the heart to see the camaraderie that develops not only within teams, but also among teams. That positive force is what drives the sport and makes it not only fun, but a very special experience for everyone it touches.