SISLT HOME OF GIRLS SOFTBALL
Something happens when girls play sports — they embody the experience of not just of winning, but the critical experience of losing. It’s that process of carrying on and clearing hurdles that really builds confidence. It’s an incredibly useful proving ground for business and leadership.
~Claire Shipman, television journalist and co-author of The Confidence Code.
SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (SISLT) has been saving for over a decade to fund a legacy major project that fulfills our mission to EMPOWER women and youth. SOROPTIMIST STADIUM: HOME OF GIRLS SOFTBALL will drive home the message that our girls deserve the facilities, equipment, training, and resources to succeed and thrive!
SISLT allocated $325,000 to renovate the dilapidated softball field and provide amenities commensurate with the adjacent boys’ baseball field, with the aim to provide Title IX gender parity for the girls’ teams. Upon completion of the facility upgrades, SISLT plans to support the girls through mentoring and ongoing support to create a vibrant and popular athletic program for girls and women.
Why SISLT Chose to Sponsor Softball
- Creates gender equality
- Provides a physical outlet to improve mental and emotional well-being that will also allow girls to perform better academically
- Teaches self-reliance in conjunction with collaboration to foster leadership skills applicable to any career
- Educates young women how to lose, yet persevere to build future successes.
- Confidence comes from staying optimistic and believing in yourself and your team.
- Provides a forum that instills discipline and responsible behavior
- Builds self-assurance and creates mutually supportive long-term female relationships
- Prevents obesity and physical illness
- Offers opportunity to apply for softball college scholarships
The donation from SISLT does not cover all the needed upgrades and league support. We need you as a part of our team with your donation or sponsorship.
Softball Donation Form
PHASE 1: $325K Renovations Funded and Administered by SISLT Members.
Work began in SPRING 2020 and is Ongoing
Softball Field Pre- Renovation
Softball Field Partway Through Renovation
RENOVATION TO DATE
- New fencing and backstop
- Replaced infield soil
- Added outfield soil
- New electronic scoreboard
- Purchased new bases and home plate
- 3 new bleachers with safety backing
- Constructed ADA path to parking
- Purchased water fountain/bottle refill
- Graded warmup area
- Install safety capping on fence perimeter
- PA system ordered
- Construct 2 permanent closed dugouts
- Install water fountain
- Build warning track
- Construct drop-off area with ADA parking
- Erosion control BMO’s and revegetation
One of the most awesome things about sports, particularly team sports, is that everything you need to do to be successful on the playing field carries over directly into life. In a team sport you have to learn how to work together, to set goals, and then work towards those goals in a productive way. You learn to be responsible and you learn how to not only depend on others, but also be independent so you can support others.
Sheila Cornell- Douty
OLD BLEACHERS WERE LOCATED IN THE PARKING LOT
NEW BLEACHERS WITH SAFETY BACKING To be fenced in after the dugouts are built
Tournament fees can be collected to support leagues once fields are fenced in.
“For companies and countries that are serious about wanting to advance more women into leadership roles, you can’t underestimate the role of sport in closing the gender gap,”
Beth Brooke-Marciniak, Ernst Young Global Vice Chair for Public Policy.
A 2015 study of 400 female C-suite executives conducted by espnW and Ernst Young found that 94% of women in the C-suite positions had played sports.
High Sierra Girls Softball League
South Tahoe Middle School PE classes
South Tahoe HS Girls Varsity and JV Softball
USA Girls’ Club Softball
USA Adult Softball (Co-ed and Men’s teams)
USA sponsored tournaments
We expect this field renovation to serve over 2,000 youth and adults in our community. Additionally, there is potential for growth as the newer conditions will attract more participation in softball leagues and tournament play.
FUTURE PHASES CAN ONLY BE ACCOMPLISHED WITH YOUR HELP!
Phase 2 Score Booth and Storage Building
Phase 2 would likely include the addition of a score booth and equipment storage building, for an estimated construction cost of $43K. Funds are not currently available for this construction, but softball practice and games can still occur without it on a usable field with better amenities. The costs for architectural drawings have been included in Phase 1, so that if other funding becomes available from SISLT or another organization, the project is ready to move forward without delay.
Phase 3 Concession Building and Additional Parking
Phase 3 would include upgrades such as a possible shared concession building (softball and baseball), restrooms, programable lighting for the softball field, and additional parking. The expense and scope of Phase 3 would require multiple partnerships to share in the planning and cost. The fundraising for future phases could entail partnerships with the City of South Lake Tahoe, High Sierra Softball League, the Lake Tahoe Unified School District, South Lake Babe Ruth Baseball, USA Club Softball and USA Co-Ed and Men’s Adult Softball Leagues, along with support from the community at large.
Softball is the perfect vehicle for empowering girls with self-reliance, confidence and a sense of belonging. According to CEO Magazine, “Sport offers so much more than just physical benefits. It keeps you mentally healthy, teaches basic social relationship skills, and forges commitment, determination and a competitive mindset.” Proficiency in the sport can lead to academic opportunities and college scholarships. Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe cares about the girls in this community and their healthy personal and physical development. Investment in our youth of today will yield dividends as these young women become community leaders of tomorrow.