Hurricane Harvey Sports Equipment Drive

9/10/2017 

 

 

On Sunday, September 10, ASA staff members Jennifer and Rachel, along with Rachel's family, all headed down to Dickinson, Texas to deliver the huge amount of sporting equipment, shoes, benches, and gift cards that were generously donated by ASA members to ASA for the Dickinson,Texas sports organizations.  We were able to provide so much for Dickinson Youth Baseball, Dickinson Girls Softball, and the Dickinson Lions Football League.  We also collected soccer and basketball equipment that one of those groups will be passing along to the right people. 

Jennifer & Rachel were so humbled being there that beautiful Sunday morning.  Driving through the town to get to the fields, they were in shock!  The amount of damage and loss in that small town was horrifying and so sad.  They were anxious to get to the fields to meet the folks we had been in contact with during the 10 day equipment drive.  When they pulled up, there were so many people there waiting for their arrival.  They were all so grateful for ASA and what they had brought to their town.  They heard several stories and met a couple of board members who had lost everything.  One story that stood out to Rachel the most was from the baseball president.  She told Rachel that her own son had come into the house in a total panic and crying the day after the water receded and they were allowed back into their neighborhood.  She thought he had fallen or gotten hurt somehow, but when she calmed him down to find out what was wrong, he told her he had gone to the garage to get his baseball bag, but it was gone.  He could not find it anywhere.  (Their garage and front entry way was the only thing flooded in their home, luckily) He was very upset.  THIS is the exact reason we were so happy to be able to help these families.  ASA strongly believes that putting some normalcy back into those kiddos lives was really important!  They just want to be kids and play sports!

You can view an album of the photos that Jennifer took that day at the link below.  The last 3 photos are pictures that the baseball league sent of the first practice back to the baseball field. They were able to pass out new cleats to some boys who lost their shoes from the flood.

We are looking forward to keeping in touch with these leagues and cannot wait to see pictures of those kiddos on their fields once their seasons begin!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/L9wEfgEfJxUT4WJL2

 

Hearts at Home Plate

9/1/2017

 

ASA's very own Tami Kimball Hurst is featured in the September edition of Allen Image! Tami has been a long time volunteer coach and league director with ASA. We have had the privilege to know and work alongside Tami for many years. Her energy, enthusiasm, and heart continue to inspire us and players in the community. Read our hometown honeymooner's story at the link below and join us in offering congratulations to the happy couple. We have no doubt you'll see them at the ballpark! 

https://issuu.com/allenimage/docs/sept_17_3ecacc5797460e/30


ASA Track Produces Multiple State Winners!

8/1/2017

 

ASA Track took McAllen by storm at the TAAF State Track and Field Meet July 27-30!

Here are the results for our top participants! #Teamwork #Kidfocus

U8 B 800M                 1st Place           Kieran Tyrrell             

U8 G 50M                   2nd Place          Maya Ogbogu                        

U10 B 4X100M           2nd Place          Caleb Champion, Jayden Pleasant, James Roberson & William Wells

U10 B 4X400M           3rd Place           Caleb Champion, Jayden Pleasant, James Roberson & James Sanders

U10 B 100M               2nd Place          Caleb Champion

U10 G 400M               1st Place           Payten Cooper

U10 G 800M               2nd Place          Payten Cooper

U10 G Long Jump      2nd Place          Sena Asom

U12 G High Jump       3rd Place           Zofia Formella

U14 G 4X100M           2nd Place          Khayla Braxton, Sidney Green, Chelsea Okusagah & Abigail Wheelan

U14 G 4X400M           1st Place           Khayla Braxton, Sidney Green, Chelsea Okusagah & Abigail Wheelan

U14 G 400M Chelsea   2nd Place          Chelsea Okusagah
                                    3rd Place           Sidney Green 

 

9U Americans Donate $1000 to ASA Financial Aid Fund

6/28/2017

 

Now featured in the current edition of the Allen Image magazine!

We have an amazing sports family here at ASA. Our 9U Competitive Baseball team, Americans, just blew us away with their teamwork, generosity and the positive leadership from Coach Andy Whaley and his wife Dr. Jennifer Whaley.

 

This team went above and beyond in order to give back to the Allen sports community.

The team led a fundraising drive in partnership with Thrivent Financial to raise money for the ASA financial aid program. Our financial aid program provides players, who otherwise would not financially be able to register, a chance to participate in any of our sports. This program has helped thousands of players realize the joy of playing team sports.

 

Mr. Sean Scruggs, representative for Thrivent Financial, provided the Americans with a $250 Community Action Grant to kick-start their fundraiser. The boys then used the money to buy 500 chocolate bars to sell throughout the baseball season. They were able to raise $1000!! The boys came by today to present their donation to ASA. We are so proud of their hard work and for working as a team to give back to their community. Please join us in giving this group a huge round of applause. Their efforts will have a huge impact on future players but they are also learning lessons about charity and community from a great group of adults as well.

 

Players and Adults pictured:

Sam Whaley #9

Austin Mack #21

Caleb Wycoff #8

Benji Gloria #1

Coach Andy Whaley

Dr. Jennifer Whaley

Sean Scruggs, Thrivent Representative

Danny Sanchez, 9U Volunteer League Director

Ken Geest, ASA Executive Director

 

Players and Adults not pictured and key to the fundraising:

Porter Carroll #2

Hayden Mumm #7

Cayden Neice #22

Noah Bryce #24

Jack Thomas #3

Caleb Cordes #5

Coach Peter Mack

Coach Bill Carroll