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Johnny DeLeon, President of the Big Spring Girls Softball Association, told KBest News that due to COVID-19, BSGSA had lost both sets of 6 & Under coaches that serve ages 4-6 just a week before this year’s delayed season began. After asking all parents of the players involved if anyone would volunteer to coach, DeLeon said that it appeared no one was going to step up to fill the positions, but then two step-sisters, 19-year-old Gabriella Medina and 14-year-old Lexus Lozano reached out to them and volunteered to take the teams. Both girls have played multiple years with BSGSA, but currently have no ties to any of the existing players, merely the love of the game.
Medina told KBest News that they had both helped their dad coach soccer when their schedules allowed for it and were compelled to coach the young group of girls.
“We wanted these kids to have a chance to play, just like we did before,” said Medina.
Lozano also advised that she had sustained an injury earlier this year that prevented her from playing this year, but loves softball so much that she still wanted to put her heart on the field with the kids.
With the small group of kids, these ladies held practices together and played 4-on-4 games. The ladies not only coached, but also recruited assistant coaches, such as Abigail Bose and one of the parents. The coaches experienced struggles throughout the season, but were able to find a support system with the parents and pulled off a great experience for their players.
When asked what lessons they took away from the experience, Medina stated that everyone should be grateful for volunteers.
“It kinda opened my eyes to see what really went into it, from getting snacks for the kids, to the water, to being there early, which is kinda hard for me,” Medina laughed. “It was just something nice to do.” She also stated that she learned that it takes time and effort to volunteer, but it’s possible to make time for it.
“It brought so much joy to my face to see kids experience what I got to experience, and knowing that they couldn’t experience that if we hadn't picked [the teams] up,” added Lozano.
Lexus Lozano is a freshman at Coahoma High School. Gabriella Medina is a 2019 graduate of Big Spring High School and will be a sophomore at Texas State University this fall.