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Softball Helps Howard Family
Redshirt freshman Maddie O'Brien reads to kids during reading week

Redshirt freshman Maddie O'Brien reads to kids during reading week

Oct. 11, 2011

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Always priding itself on giving back to others, the Florida State University softball team added to its bountiful ways by joining Northwest Florida State College in raising $1,940 for Amber Howard and her family at last weekend's skills clinic in Niceville, Fla.

All the proceeds will benefit Howard and her family for medical purposes. Howard is a 15-year old girl from Lynn Haven, Fla., who has been undergoing treatment for a brain tumor that was discovered on her brainstem nearly 3 ½ years ago.

The event drew approximately 100 camp participants between the ages of 7-18. Head coach Lonni Alameda, her players and support staff that includes assistant coaches Craig Snider and Travis Wilson taught each aspiring player the fundamentals of the game as part of the two-hour session. The clinic was a major success for both programs that hosted it.

"This was an incredible weekend. Being able to help out Amber Howard and her family means the world to our student-athletes and our program in general," Alameda said. "Northwest Florida State did a great job in helping raise so much money that will be extremely useful to the Howard family as they continue to seek treatment for Amber. That family is a huge inspiration to us and we are just happy to help them any way we can."

The amount of money raised bested FSU's efforts a year ago when it first performed a clinic for the Howard family. The goal is to make the clinic a bigger event each year.

Community service has become an enormous part of the Seminole softball program over the years. In the 2010-11 athletic year, softball completed 970 hours' worth of helping others as it won the second annual SemiGnome Award at the 17th annual FSU Golden Nole Award banquet. Some of the good deeds included teaching at softball clinics, visiting children's hospitals, reading to kids in schools and participating in Relay for Life.

During the weekend, the Seminoles visited the Eglin Air Force Base nearby Valparaiso, Fla. FSU also participated in several team-bonding activities and obstacles, and played three exhibitions against South Alabama, Pensacola State College and Northwest Florida State.

FSU continues its fall schedule with a home matchup against Tallahassee Community College at JoAnne Graf Field on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m.

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