Pitching in | ProSoft Helping Hands (June)

"Every human being has some level of competitive spirit inside.  Sometimes the best thing that can happen is to let that spirit loose.  The athletes we were fortunate enough to work with at the Special Olympics fit this description perfectly." 
- Kim Anderson, President of ProSoft

This month we had the opportunity to volunteer with the Special Olympics and help with their softball and tee-ball games.

The Special Olympics' mission is to "provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community." And that's exactly what they do! We witnessed genuine joy from the players, coaches, administrators and even our team!

Tee-ball team at the Special Olympics Utah

We were asked to help keep score, announce, assist with skills workshops (throwing and catching the ball) and more. A couple of our tech guys even helped get the power turned on so that the microphones would work!

ProSoft volunteers announcing at Special Olympics Utah
Our VP of Finance and a volunteer keeping score and announcing
Our VP of Finance said: "What a great day! I feel so lucky to have been able to spend the day with these amazing athletes. I’m pretty sure I was smiling the whole day and looking forward to volunteering next year!"

ProSoft volunteers in skill workshops at Special Olympics Utah
ProSoft volunteers helping with a skills workshop

ProSoft announcers at Special Olympics Utah
Our VP and his wife keeping score and announcing

There were teams from several universities in the area, including University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Weber State University, Utah State University and more. It was touching to watch players from opposite teams cheer each other on and hug one another after a game. They kept a positive attitude, even when they struggled to hit the ball or throw a good pitch. The coaches and administrators were encouraging and extremely supportive of their athletes.

ProSoft volunteer helping player at Special Olympics Utah
Our IT Manager helping a player get to home base
Our President had this to say about the day:

"As we spent our day with these special athletes, it was a great thing to be able to get to know them just a little bit.  We found them to be fun-loving but also serious about their sport and the effort they put forth.  I consider it an honor to have been able to work with them and being able to see their softball skills.  I look forward to doing it again soon.  Hats off to all the volunteers we met that day – from coaches, to umpires, to event organizers, to the Special Olympics staff themselves... but especially to the athletes’ friends and family that we met.  Thanks to all for the great opportunity."

Special Olympics softball player
Team members giving high-fives after scoring

Hug after Special Olympics softball game
An audience member hugging a player after a good game

It was an inspiring day that even included awarding medals to the tee-ball teams that played that day!

Winning tee-ball team at Special Olympics Utah
One of the winning tee-ball teams

ProSoft volunteer awarding medals at Special Olympics
Our IT Manager awarding medals
Medal ceremony at Special Olympics Utah

We are so grateful the Special Olympics allowed us to be a part of this day. We felt uplifted and amazed watching these teams perform. True to their hashtag, #MeetTheDetermined, we were surrounded by determined, inspiring people.

ProSoft volunteer at Special Olympics softball game