The USSSA and Volunteers like Martin F. Garcia Paves the Way for Future Athletes Across the Country
The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) is a program providing competitive sports to America’s youth, and they’ve operated in earnest as far back as the late 1960s. Originally established in Virginia, their headquarters recently relocated to Viera, FL, though the USSSA still creates opportunities for athletic growth across the country.
Martin F. Garcia, resident of Wauconda, IL, coaches baseball among other sports through the USSSA and exemplifies respect and good sportsmanship throughout their competitions.
“We’re here to teach kids that they can participate in group sports and build healthy relationships instead of isolating themselves or participating in negative activities,” Martin F. Garcia says.
The USSSA is a top-notch provider of sports competitions that highlight young athletes, but the program is only as successful because of the efforts of its magnanimous volunteers. Adults serve as coaches, fans, sponsors, park owners and more, setting positive examples through a respectful community of sports enthusiasts. Kids come and play because they have fun participating in sports, but they leave with lasting experiences that ultimately help them become respectful citizens in their communities.
Martin F. Garcia helps youth achieve their greatest athletic potential while instilling the values of the USSSA program.
Far from headquarters in Florida, far from Wauconda where Martin F. Garcia coaches, the USSSA also sponsors programs as far as Maryland, such as the Eastern Nationals. The Softball Eastern Nationals tournament returned to Wicomico County, Maryland for the twelfth consecutive year this past summer, retaining its position as one of the biggest softball gatherings in the entire country.
Thousands and thousands of spectators flocked to Wicomico County while the actual players totaled over 5,000 themselves. Over 15 states sent in representatives, and a total of over 370 teams participated in the actual competition. Youth participating in the
get to experience competitive sports on a grand level in quality facilities. Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. Where the young athletes played most of their games during the Eastern Nationals, recently saw a $3 million renovation that included new scoreboards, new fields, press boxes, and concession stands.
The Eastern Nationals are a prime example of how the USSSA offers opportunities for young athletes to excel. Besides receiving coaching and earning the respect of their teammates, participants can compete for top team spots. In addition to individual awards like an outstanding pitcher and outstanding offensive and defensive players.
“The USSSA tries to give these kids as many opportunities to win as they can when they come to play. There are plenty of opportunities to have fun. However, the actual events and the journey shapes these young athletes to be respectful adults,” says Martin F. Garcia.
Sports programs like those offered through the USSSA helps kids keep up their fitness. In addition to building lasting relationships, and improve their athletic performance. And above all, it helps youth to trust in authority again and be respectful to their fellow community members.