Oct. 3, 2011
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – On Sunday, Oct. 9, the Florida State University softball team will help conduct a softball skills camp at the Northwest Florida State College Softball Complex in hopes of raising several dollars for a worthy cause.
Head coach Lonni Alameda and her group of philanthropic student-athletes is joining Northwest Florida State College to run a fundamentals-based camp in which all the proceeds will go toward Amber Howard, a teenage Lynn Haven, Fla., resident who is currently undergoing treatment for a brain tumor that was discovered on her brain stem nearly 3 ½ years ago.
“Amber Howard is such an admirable person and our program feels honored every time we can do something to benefit her and her family,” Alameda said. “We are looking for a great turnout this weekend for any eligible participant who is looking to improve their game and donate toward a great cause.”
Howard has been a notable attendee at various FSU softball games. The team honored her prior to a fall game last season, and also performed a skills camp in which all proceeds were donated to her cause last fall.
The camp will last from 2-4 p.m. at the Northwest Florida State College Softball Complex, which is located in Niceville, Fla. The Seminoles and Raiders will also play an exhibition beforehand at noon that fans can attend.
The camp is open to any entrants between the ages of 7-18. The cost, in which all will be donated to Howard and her family to help pay medical bills, is $25 in advance or $30 for those who register on the day of the camp. Payment can be made by check and payable to `Amber Howard.’
Several of the fundamentals that will be covered by both Alameda and her staff as well as Northwest Florida State College head coach Jack Byerly include throwing, catching, hitting, defense and pitching. Those who plan on pitching must provide a catcher.
Interested participants can log on to the FSU softball page on Seminoles.com and find the registration form located at the bottom of the page under the `Sports Links’ section.
This weekend’s camp is part of FSU softball’s unofficial fall kickoff weekend. The Seminoles head to Pensacola State College on Friday, Oct. 8, for a 2 p.m. contest against South Alabama. FSU and the Jaguars played in the 2011 regular season in a game the Seminoles won 6-0. FSU follows with the second part of its twinbill against PSC at approximately 4 p.m.
During the weekend the Seminoles will also partake in some other interesting activities, including visiting the Eglin Air Force Base located near Valparaiso, Fla.
Check back with Seminoles.com for a full fall schedule that is slated to be released this week.