LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Bria White, a volunteer assistant coach at State Fair Community College, is the 2022 recipient of the NFCA Natasha Watley Social Change Scholarship, presented in partnership with Sue Enquist.
The scholarship is awarded to a black coach who has created educational or athletic opportunities for their community, removed and overcome barriers through social change, or opened doors to develop the game of fastball for black girls or women . The scholarship is presented to an individual who exemplifies the courage and commitment to breaking down barriers, creating change in our sport, and who is in need of financial assistance to attend the NFCA National Convention.
White will receive registration for the 2022 NFCA convention, travel reimbursement of up to $700 and up to four paid nights at the convention’s host hotel in San Antonio.
White has been on the State Fair CC coaching staff for the past three seasons. White is involved in all aspects of the program, going beyond the duties of a volunteer. Not only does she show up for the morning weights, but she helps with workout planning, conditioning, and working with the punch groups. His game day duties include working with the outfielder and receivers, maintaining stats, and managing dugouts during competitions. Her duties have expanded over the years, as she spends her time during summer work camps (without pay) and helps with recruitment.
In addition to State Fair, White has served as an assistant coach for the Mid-MO Evolution Travel team for the past three years. According to head coach Mykenzie Livesay, White goes above and beyond to make sure practice and game days go smoothly, while simultaneously creating a nurturing environment for the athletes.
“Bria has the ability to create meaningful relationships and reach out for our team to grow as adults and softball players,” Livesay said. “Not to mention that she is usually the first in training and the last to leave. It’s a testament to Bria emphasizing important life skills, while showing that she would do anything for her athletes to succeed. Bria never asked for compensation. She chooses to do it because she likes girls.
Livesay continued on White’s love of softball. “She brings a lot of passion to the pitch, making our girls feel like someone always has their back.”
When White is not coaching, you can find her behind home plate or on the field as a certified umpire, which has allowed her to learn more about the game, while having a positive impact on other athletes.
“I really admire his passion and commitment to doing his best in all assigned tasks,” Livesay said. “I consider her a major asset to the team and I sincerely believe that there is no better candidate for this award.”
Reviewed and voted on by the NFCA Awards Committee and Natasha Watley, the recipient must be a coach who seeks and desires an educational opportunity by attending the NFCA convention and requires financial assistance to cover the costs of the NFCA convention.
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