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Celebrating Opening Day for Fort Hunt Softball

Fort Hunt Softball held its Opening Day Celebration on Sunday, April 14 at the Walt Whitman softball complex. Approximately 600 people including players, family members and volunteers were in attendance to celebrate. The party started off with a picnic, games and dancing.

Cindy Jackson and Miriam Miller received the Commissioner’s Volunteer of the Year Award for 2012. Both were recognized for consistently volunteering their time to oversee several programs which will have a direct impact on the overall success of the youth softball program. “Both Miriam and Cindy truly exemplify what a volunteer is all about” said Jim Miller, Softball Commissioner. “They took their duties to another level and the entire softball community will reap the benefits of their efforts for years to come.”

Three Life Time achievement Awards were presented to members of the community to recognize their dedication and contributions to the Fort Hunt and Mt. Vernon area softball programs. Recipients were: West Potomac and Tsunami Travel League Head Coach Craig Maniglia, Tsunami Travel League Commissioner Leslie Maniglia, and MVYAA and Magic Travel League Commissioner Karen Walker.

The Presentation of the Teams Ceremony was the largest ever with record numbers registering for FHYAA. Together with MVYAA and Ft. Belvoir, FHYAA softball fielded eight U9 teams (age 6-9), eight U12 teams (age 10-12) and five U18 teams (age 13-18). The presentation was kicked off by introducing the West Potomac Varsity and JV softball teams and was concluded with the National Anthem.

The ceremonial first pitch of the season was thrown out by Sandy McMaster of Fischer McMaster Homes, a league sponsor, Leslie Maniglia and Craig Maniglia.

League Level Sponsors are Fischer McMaster Homes and MoeryLAI. Team Sponsors are Village Hardware, Dick's Sporting Goods, Ritter Architects, Fischer McMaster Homes, Mount Vernon Pest Control, Sew N Love, Artman DJs, Hardwood Floors Unlimited, Seaport Properties, Titan Document and Office Solutions, KRIMMG, PLC, Building Partnerships DC, JBG Companies.

FHYAA Softball offers spring and fall softball for girls ages 6 to 18. For more information visit www.FHYAAsoftball.org.

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Cindy Jackson and Miriam Miller receive the Commissioner Volunteer of the Year Award for 2012. The award was presented by Commissioner Jim Miller and Softball Board Members Kerry Daly, JP Moery and Paul McGuire. (Daryl Davidson was absent.)

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The Presentation of the Teams Ceremony: 21 teams were introduced.

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The ceremonial first pitch of the season thrown out by Sandy McMaster of Fischer McMaster Homes, a league sponsor, Leslie Maniglia and Craig Maniglia. The pitches were caught by Grace Moery, Farrin McMaster and Shannon McMaster.

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Doing the Cha Cha Slide, played by sponsor Bob Artman of Artman DJs.

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The competition, friends on and off the field.

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Life Time achievement Awards were presented to Craig Maniglia, Leslie Maniglia and Karen Walker (absent) to recognize their dedication and contributions to the area softball programs.