Softball Team To Be Honored By BoSox Club
Aug. 29, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. -- For the third consecutive year, the University of Massachusetts Softball Team will be honored by the BoSox Club, the official booster club of the Boston Red Sox. The Minutewomen will be guests at the club's annual Amateur Baseball Awards Luncheon Friday, Sept. 28 at the Newton Marriott. The event annually recognizes and honors the top baseball and softball teams from New England's Division I schools, successful teams in youth and other amateur baseball leagues and the BoSox Club Man of the Year.
"Once again we are extremely proud that the BoSox Club has recognized the outstanding accomplishments of our Softball program," said UMass Athletic Director John McCutcheon. "Coach Sortino and the team had a fantastic season and we are very grateful to the BoSox Club for their efforts on behalf of softball and baseball at all levels in the region."
The 2007 UMass Softball team went 39-14-1 and enjoyed the nation's longest overall winning streak (27) and home winning streak (33) at one point during the season. The Minutewomen captured their 19th Atlantic 10 championship and advanced to their 13th consecutive and 17th overall NCAA Tournament. UMass hosted a NCAA Regional for the second straight season spent a portion of the year ranked in the top 25.
"We are so honored to receive this very special award again from the Bosox Club," said UMass Head Coach Elaine Sortino. "They are an outstanding organization and we are looking forward to this very special day. On behalf of our program, I thank them for this recognition."
At each luncheon, club business is discussed, and guest speakers - including Red Sox (and visiting) players, management and staff - interact with the membership. A pre-luncheon cocktail gathering of members and guests starts at 11:30 am and lunch is served at 12:15 pm.
In 1967, Red Sox officials and fans organized the BoSox Club. Today, with over 800 members, it is the largest and oldest official fan club of its type in all of major league baseball. Former Red Sox player Dom DiMaggio was the Club's first president, while former broadcaster Ken Coleman is a charter member. The BoSox Club promotes baseball at all levels and assists the Boston Red Sox in community and charitable endeavors. They raise funds to support worthy causes, such as the Jimmy Fund. Recently the BoSox Board of Directors voted to donate $20,000 to the Red Sox Charitable Foundation. In addition, the BoSox Club provides financial assistance to 12 deserving athletes to attend a private baseball camp every summer.
Other activities the Club sponsors include 10 luncheons a year at the Newton Marriott Hotel (guest speakers include Red Sox and visiting teams players and staff), three brunches at Fenway Park (Red Sox guest speakers interact with the membership before the games), Family Night (the park is opened up before the game for members and their children while Red Sox players conduct a clinic) and the annual BoSox Club Spring Training trip (100 BoSox Club members join the Red Sox in Fort Myers during Spring Training). In addition, the BoSox Challenger Fund purchases game tickets for underprivileged children.
Every September, the BoSox Club honors championship teams from various leagues at a luncheon. Winners receive trophies. Leagues being recognized include the Massachusetts American Legion, Massachusetts 13-15 year old Babe Ruth League, Cape Cod League, Division I College Baseball, Division 1 High School Baseball, Intercity League, Massachusetts Little League, Boston Park League and the Yawkey League. Starting this year, the Club will present awards to the winners of the Division I College Women's Softball and Division I High School Girls' Softball teams. Membership in the BoSox Club is $75 a year.
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