Feb. 1, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall Softball Diamond Club concluded a very successful dinner that helped them kick off their season this past Saturday inside the Marshall University Foundation Hall.
“A special thanks to Vicky Galindo for participating in two great events this past weekend,” said head coach Shonda Stanton. “The dinner was an incredible way to showcase our team and I appreciate all of the hard work put in by my coaches, staff, and players. The support we received from those in attendance was outstanding.”
United States Olympian Vicky Galindo was the keynote speaker. Galindo, a current member of the U.S. Women’s Softball National Team, spoke about the support she has received during her rise through the softball ranks from her parents, coaches, and friends.
The Union City, California native currently is a member of the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF) where she is a member of the Chicago Bandits and teammate of current Marshall assistant softball coach, Amanda Williams. Galindo also grew up with pitching coach Chelsey Barclay, creating a unique relationship between her and Marshall softball.
Saturday’s dinner, which was the first of its kind for softball team, welcomed over 170 supporters of the program. Guests were treated to a reception, silent auction, introduction of this year’s team, and dinner. Additionally, the seven seniors on this year’s team all spoke and a special tribute was presented to Dorothy “Dot” Hicks, for whom the softball field is named after and who has been a supporter for Marshall softball and Thundering Herd athletics for decades.
Stanton was thrilled to be able to honor Hicks during the event, “Dot means so much to not only our program but Marshall Athletics as a whole, and we wanted to use this event to show her our appreciation,”
In conjunction with the dinner, a clinic featuring Galindo and Marshall players and staff was held Sunday at Championship Fastpitch in Ashland, KY. A total of 30 young athletes participated in a three hour clinic that gave instruction in all phases of softball.
“Vicky’s passion for the game is contagious, and this clinic gave these athletes an opportunity to learn from one of the best in the sport of softball,” remarked Stanton.
The softball team, which began practice in early January, begins competition next week when they travel to Conway, S.C. to participate in the Coastal Carolina Kickin’ Chicken Classic. The first game will be Friday, February 10th at 2 p.m. when they square off against Georgia Southern. The Herd’s first home game is Friday, March 2nd against Kent State at 12:30 p.m.
More pictures plus video from the event, including a special tribute to Dot Hicks will be on HerdZone.com in the coming weeks.