Young Volunteer Awards announced for 2013

Thu 6 Feb 2014

The BSUK Future Leaders group (formerly the BSUK Youth Panel) has announced the recipients of its Young Volunteer Awards for 2013, designed to reward those people in baseball and softball who volunteer their time and skills for the benefit of others.

To qualify for the awards, recipients must be 25 years or younger in 2013.  The award categories are:

  • Baseball Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Volunteer Baseball Coach of the Year
  • Softball Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Volunteer Softball Coach of the Year

This year's winners will receive a pair of batting gloves, a certificate and a plaque.  They will also be invited to join the next BSUK Future Leaders group meeting.


The winners are:

Baseball Young Volunteer of the Year
Michael Jones
Redbacks Baseball and Softball and BSUK Future Leaders member

It is hard to summarise Mike's volunteer efforts in a few words – his involvement at both club and national level is outstanding.

He is actively involved in his own club, Redbacks Baseball and Softball.  As well as leading on the club's media and communications, he facilitated the first Wickes Workplace Regional Softball Tournament in Essex in 2013.

Mike has volunteered his time as a member of the BSUK Youth Panel and has sat on the BSUK Development Strategy Committee as the Youth Panel representative.

Mike has provided invaluable media support for the BBF at both regular-season games and National Championships for the past two years, helping to set a new benchmark for British Baseball in quality and turn-around time for NBC reporting on the BBF website.

Softball Young Volunteer of the Year
Billy Liu
University Softball Officer at Manchester Metropolitan University Crewe (MMUC) and BSUK Future Leaders member

Billy volunteered as the University Softball Officer (USO) at MMUC in September.  Since then he has put in an incredible amount of effort to set up a successful softball club at the university. 

Billy is proactive and uses innovative ideas to promote the sport, and this encourages the players he has recruited to stay involved in softball.  His enthusiastic attitude is infectious and clearly boosts the morale of the team.  He is extremely hard-working and ensures that everything is done to a very high standard.  He deserves this recognition.

Volunteer Softball Coach of the Year
Jodie Rushin
GB Under-19 Women's Team

In addition to being a volunteer Assistant Coach for the Under-13 age group at Academy Softball, Jodie volunteered her time as Assistant Coach for the London Cubs (the GB Under-13 Development Team), who competed at the European Softball Federation's Massimo Romeo Youth Cup in Italy in August 2013.

Jodie is a great role model for the younger athletes, and earlier last summer she competed for the GB Under-19 Women at the ISF Junior World Championships in Canada.  Jodie is a popular coach among the players, staff, parents and other officials.  She ensures there is a good balance between learning, fun and competition.  Her love for the game is clear.

Volunteer Baseball Coach of the Year

No nominations were received for this category and so no award has been made this year.

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