11-year-old Randy Wilson is fairly new to Weplay. Though you would hardly know he joined our sports community just four months ago. The bona fide "outdoorsman" from Philadelphia, PA spends hours talking to friends, exploring the WeBlog, and of course doing what we all love, giving props!
Which is why last month, the aspiring professional hockey player scored well over the 5,000 W points threshold, qualifying him for our January Weplayer of the Month title. Well guess what, he won!
"Weplay is the Best Website Ever," wrote Randy when told he was the winner. Besides the recognition he'll surely get from his network of Weplay friends, Randy also won a brand new iPod Touch. "Awesome, I can't wait" he added about the coveted prize.
When Randy's not enjoying the great outdoors with his older brother or dad Bill, you can probably find him watching a Flyers game or playing on the soccer field. In fact, his greatest sports memory of all time comes after scoring the winning goal in his soccer team's 2-1 come-from-behind win. How can that not feel good!
Katie, a.k.a Kat as she's called on the softball field, will be showing off her talents at the Triple Threat Softball Camp this weekend where she'll meet her idol, Cat Osterman. Pretty sweet birthday lineup.
A shortstop and pitcher for the Nitro 99 in North Huntingdon, PA, Kat dreams of playing college ball and hopes to one day see softball return to the Summer Olympics.
Until then, she loves celebrating her love of softball on Weplay. Her favorite game is Click-A-Pic because she likes to check out photos from across the nation. She's always of course, an active member of the Nitro 99 group writing, "It's easy to see when my practices are and talk to all my teammates!"
Kat not only loves playing with her teammates, she enjoys the camaraderie that goes along with success on the field. In fact last summer she had one of her most memorable memories playing softball. Three outs aways in the final inning of a 10U tournament, Kat was on the pitching mound. On the final out she heard the umpire yell, "strike three!".
"I threw my glove up in the air and my teammates were all running towards me," she wrote. It was our 1st championship as a team and it was the best feeling in the world!"
Kat ended her story noting that while she received the game ball, it was a team effort - a sign of a true athlete indeed.
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11-year-old Adeline, a.k.a Addy, is a standout softball player who dreams of playing in the Women’s National Pro Fastpitch league, just like her idol Jennie Finch. Who knew she’d earn the title of Weplayer of the Month along the way as well!
Addy, who sports #10, is currently in the midst of a stellar season with the Nitro 99 travel team in North Huntingdon, PA. One of her best memories on the softball field took place during a wet, rainy game when she stole home.
Down 2-3 in her first fastpitch tournament, Addy was on third base with her best friend at bat. Her teammate connected with the ball, and Addy bolted to home plate.
“My coaches yelled up, up, up. I stepped on the plate and...CRASH. I took out the other team's catcher,” wrote Addy. Then, as she walked down the dugout steps, Addy’s coach asked why she slide when the ball was well in the backfield? Addy responded, saying she didn’t slide - she fell! “We all laughed and for the rest of the tournament and still today, we call it ‘The Grand Entrance’,” Addy shared.
Addy’s team organizer, Lori B, has kept the team stories rolling on their Weplay page. She’s done a great job activating the Nitro players this season and keeping parents engaged and informed. However, Addy said that she personally enjoys using Weplay to connect with her teammates and friends from afar. Of course, she also keeps on eye out for Nitro practice times and discussions.
Congrats on your Weplayer of the Month award, Addy. Keep up the effort on the field, in school and on Weplay!
For more than five years, Gail Akers has proudly held the role of Parent Coordinator for Beacon House Ministries, a 10 team Pop Warner league in Washington, DC. Today however, she can add Weplayer of the Month to her resume.
Over the course of the fall sports season, she uploaded hundreds of practice and game photos, sent numerous messages to parents and rewarded players with props and words of encouragement – earning her more than 5,000 “W”points in the month of September (the minimum requirement to qualify for WPOM).
She joined the Beacon House family when her son, Maurice Vaughn Sr., became head coach. Both Gail and her son believe that education through sports can develop children of high character, who lead, preserve, and overcome adversity while being productive team members. In fact, Coach Vaughn’s peewee team made it to the 2007 Pop Warner Super Bowl and won, coming back from a halftime deficit.
Feel free to learn more about the Beacon House league by visiting any of their numerous team pages on Weplay. Gail shared that many of the Beacon coaches, team parents and fans have actively participated on their Weplay team pages this season. In fact, even her players are spreading the word, encouraging other teams and players to join and build group pages.
Gail, thanks for all you do to help kids stay active and involved in your community. You are a wonderful ambassador for your league and Weplay. Congratulations on your Weplayer of the Month award!
Illinois resident, Lexi Jones has more than her recent 13th birthday to celebrate. After earning 5396 W points last month: uploading bowling pictures, chatting with teammates and inviting new friends to join the fun, she not only earned her way into the running for our July Weplayer of the Month...
She won! Congrats Lexi!
A lover of many sports, she has a clear passion for the awesome and very skilled sport of bowling. In fact, she recently met one of her idols, Aussie bowler and 2009 PBA Rookie of the Year, [Jason Belmonte].
We’re hoping Lexi walked away with a few expert tips, since she plans on being a professional bowler one day. And she’s sure on track to do so, participating with the USBC Youth Bowling Congress (a Weplay founding partner!), and getting involved in a number of tournaments and training events in her area.
Lexi your enthusiasm and passion for bowling is clear. Even more, you’re enjoying every second of your youth sports experience, both at the lanes and here on Weplay.
You’re brand new iPod Touch will be out shortly. Send us your physical address and contact number: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congrats and keep on racking up those W Points. With a current total of 8,653, you’ve clearly been busy since July 31st. Keep inviting new friends (50 points a pop) and you might just take home the August title too!