April, May and June showers bring Sportsmanship

It certainly has been a tale of two summers for the Sportsmanship Brigade. In 2012, the St. Louis area couldn’t buy a drop of water. Our grassy plains became unsightly, brown patches of dust. Fast forward to 2013 and communities all over are strengthening levee walls and seeking higher ground in some instances. St. Louis is the new Seattle. Rain has certainly been plentiful in the Gateway City.

As you may have guessed, this has led to numerous baseball and softball cancellations. Kids are a resilient bunch, though. If there’s a chance to play, they’ll gladly take it. Playing in the mud is nothing new for them anyway. It’s the adults that get all freaked out. This brings us to last Saturday morning when the Brigade took in a 5th grade softball matchup between St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and Immaculate Conception-Dardenne.

The following report was sent in to the Sports Commission by Brigade Captain Donovan Lucas:

We picked coach Jim Morrissey for Immaculate Conception and Brooke Piessner for St Elizabeth. Coach Morrissey greeted each player and high-fived every player when they left the field no matter how well they did. Brooke was the catcher for St Elizabeth. Brooke cheered her team, shouted encouragement, and gave the team instructions during the game. She was a positive force even when her team was down by a lot.  Both teams played hard and were good sports. We were especially impressed with St Elizabeth as they had only 8 players.
Brigade member Becky Limback with Brooke Piessner and her coach

Becky doing her best Where’s Waldo impersonation with Immaculate Conception
The Sportsmanship Brigade is a group of Sports Commission volunteers who attend youth sporting events looking for acts of good sportsmanship. Athletes, coaches, parents, fans and officials who exhibit good sportsmanship are rewarded with a certificate of recognition and a gift card to a local business. For more on the Brigade, including scheduling and volunteering information, please visit sportsmanship.org or call 314-345-5130.


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