Members of Coral Shores’ South Florida Conference Championship softball team recently conducted a four-hour instructional softball clinic for young ladies –of all ages—in the Upper Keys. “This was the first of what will become an annual event,” offered ‘Canes head coach, Lesa Bonee. “The Upper Keys Foundation helps to take care of some of our team’s financial needs with the caveat that we tutor our players on how to give back to their community. We’ve been involved in several other team service projects and our players have enjoyed each. I asked my team about other ideas for helping out and they came up with the clinic concept.” Bonee, whose championship team finished 17-1 this year added, “The UKF uses the slogan, ‘Everybody Wins.’ I think this clinic is a perfect example of what they mean by that statement.
“One of the ‘wider vision’ goals of the UKF is to train the next generation of public servants. Coach Bonee’s efforts could well inspire her players to go on to become effective youth coaches or umpires” commented athletic director, Rich Russell. “I talked to several of our players and they really enjoyed the time they spent instructing and encouraging the young girls who attended. One comment that resonated was, “I sure wish this was around when I was their age,” added Russell.