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Steel Sports Spotlights OCTOBER 2021

"Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does" —Nelson Mandela

STEEL SPORTS DEDICATES LASORDA LEGACY PARK

Steel Sports officially dedicated Lasorda Legacy Park and ushered in a new era on October 8 with a ceremony and dinner. The Lasorda family, including Tommy's daughter Laura and brother Harry, attended along with other special guests and former players Bobby Valentine, Eric Karros and Jerry Royster. The three joined the stage during the ceremony to share thoughts about their mentor and friend. Following the stage ceremony, everyone walked to Field 2 for an on-field dedication complete with ribbon cutting, first pitch and national anthem. The day concluded with a dinner in New York City to share fellowship and even more memories about the legendary Dodgers manager. The seven-field, all-turf complex on Long Island hosts over 30 tournaments yearly along with camps and programs, and it is the home of Team Steel baseball and softball.

SKECHERS FRIENDSHIP WALK

Steel Sports once again sponsored the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk on October 24 at the Manhattan Beach Pier. The walk raised over $2.5 million to assist children with special needs and their families through social recreational activities and public education. The Steel Sports team had a blast engaging with attendees about our organization, handing out giveaways and raffling off an Apple Watch.

National Coaches Day

October 6 was officially National Coaches Day, and we couldn't be more appreciative and proud of all our hardworking coaches around the country. Our coaches provide a positive and fun atmosphere for all Steel Sports athletes, and they go above and beyond to impact lives and help forge the next generation of leaders, on and off the field. Thank you, coaches, not just on National Coaches Day, but every day!

National ShowCASE TEAM FINISHES CAMPAIGN

Team Steel National Showcase wrapped up their journey October 7-11 with a tremendous third place finish at the Perfect Game WWBA Upperclass Fall Nationals. The boys finished with a 10-5-1 overall record during their three tournaments, ending with the October event in Fort Pierce, FL. It was a great example of kids and families coming together as a team and playing as one as parent Albert Ramos talked about passionately in the video below.

JIM THOMPSON JOINS THE PODCAST

Jim Thompson started the Positive Coaching Alliance at Stanford University in 1998 to transform the culture of youth sports. His belief that positive coaching is the key to unlock the best out of young athletes has spread across the country into youth sports organizations and partnerships with major sports and professional coaches. Jim joins the Steel Sports Podcast to discuss some of his philosophies, growing up a sports fan in North Dakota, why he started PCA and his latest venture into climate change. He is now leading the non-profit organization THIS! Is What we Did, and he talks about the link between climate change and youth sports, and why we need to mold our kids into future leaders now more than ever.

Steel United Fall Festival

On October 23, Steel United Virginia hosted a Fall Festival at The Rave Athletic Complex in Virginia Beach for all their soccer teams. The festival had games, music, food, fellowship and was the perfect example of why Steel United is a family. Coaches and parents gave their time to create an amazing atmosphere for all the families that attended. Teamwork in action!

MERCY AKIDE-UDOH NAMED TO INTERNATIONAL PANEL

Steel United Virginia's assistant teams director and Nigerian football legend Mercy Akide-Udoh has been named to the International Football Association Board's (IFAB) Football Advisory Panel. This panel brings together football experts from around the world to the discussions of footballing issues and the sporting aspects of potential rules changes. Mercy is truly a pioneer for African women's football. Besides playing in three FIFA Women's World Cups, two Olympic Games and achieving numerous team and personal accolades, she was the first African woman to be nominated for the FIFA Player of the Year award, the first African woman to play college football and the first African woman to play professionally outside the continent. Steel Sports is so proud of you, Mercy!

DUSTY BAKER LEADS HOUSTON TO WORLD SERIES

Steel Sports Advisory Board member Dusty Baker led the Houston Astros to the American League pennant and the World Series, taking on the National League's Atlanta Braves. Game 6 is Tuesday night, and the Astros must win to force a Game 7 on Wednesday evening, November 2. By winning the AL West crown, Dusty became the first manager in MLB history to win division titles with five different organizations. Good luck, Dusty!

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Throughout October, Steel teams took the field wearing pink and raising awareness for breast cancer. Several teams even created inspirational posters, and Lasorda Legacy Park hosted the Think Pink for a Cure tournament, where they encouraged all teams to wear pink and donate to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.