June 7, 2022 - The Firebirds are pleased to announce that Sammy Stuart is the recipient of this year's Randy Yates Memorial Firebirds Scholarship. Sammy is a current Firebirds 18u-Knapp member and has won an unrestricted scholarship to support herself in college.
Stuart is a recent graduate of West Springfield High School. She will be attending the University of Mary Washington in the Fall where she will play softball for the Eagles. Sammy has been a Firebird for eight years and has been a part of NVGSA for even longer. She has umpired 10u house game for several seasons and worked as a volunteer with the 10u Firebirds during winter training. Stuart ended high school with a 4.23 GPA. "The lessons learned and friends made with the Firebirds are unmatched by any other team. Being a Firebird has taught me so much and has left a lasting impression on my life that makes me proud to say I am a part of Firebird softball."
The scholarship is named for Coach Randy Yates, a former Firebirds coach and advisory who epitomized the spirit of sportsmanship and the love of the game. Coach Yates passed away in 2017. Learn more about the scholarship program here.