Celebrating 50 Years

Carmichael, CA  |  Story and photos by Shaunna Boyd
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Carmichael Pride: The 12U Carmichael Pride team celebrates opening day.

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Morgan and Chloe Miller are learning good sportsmanship, camaraderie, and friendship through their participation in Carmichael Girls Softball. Photo provided by Carmichael Girls Softball.

Carmichael Girls Softball League to Host Alumni Game Story

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Carmichael Girls Softball (CGS) is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. In honor of the occasion, CGS is hosting an alumni softball game on Saturday, May 11 on Field 2 at Carmichael Park, 5750 Grant Ave. in Carmichael.


The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a preview of the evening’s silent auction items, featuring baskets of goodies assembled by each of the 22 teams in the league. At 4:00 p.m., the alumni game will commence with the first pitch. A celebratory dinner will begin at 5:45 p.m., catered by Texas Roadhouse. The winners of the raffle and silent auction will be announced at 7:30 p.m.


The public is invited to watch the exhibition alumni game, which is free to attend. Tickets for the dinner are $15 for adults and $6 for kids. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.teamsideline.com/sites/carmichaelsoftball and clicking on the “For Parents” link above the anniversary event details.


Founded in 1969, CGS is a non-profit organization 100% staffed by volunteers. CGS welcomes players of all skill levels and any girl between the ages of 4 and 17 can participate.


CGS states that they strive “to teach character, confidence, and courage in a fun environment through quality instruction using the principles of Positive Coaching. Our mission is to provide opportunity for every player to develop her softball skills, have respect for her teammates and competitors, and achieve her individual goals. We will strive to teach life lessons along the way.”


Corey Papais, head coach of the 12U Team, said, “We teach the girls good sportsmanship, camaraderie, and friendship. The girls are the most important aspect of the league, so first and foremost, we want to ensure they enjoy the game.”


“It’s an amazing accomplishment to last 50 years, and to be able to sustain such longevity,” said Papais. “I’m really happy to be involved and excited to celebrate this milestone. I am also very proud of our Board for keeping the league going throughout the years. And special thanks to Rhonda Stefko, the 50th Anniversary Director, who is coordinating the entire event.”


Anyone who played in the league in the last 50 years (excluding current players) is encouraged to sign up to play in the exhibition game. If you would like to participate, email Rhonda Stefko (secretary@carmichaelgirlssoftball.com) or Jen Leavitt (registrar@carmichaelgirlssoftball.com).

Carmichael Pride: The 12U Carmichael Pride team celebrates opening day. Morgan and Chloe Miller are learning good sportsmanship, camaraderie, and friendship through their participation in Carmichael Girls Softball. Photo provided by Carmichael Girls Softball. 10U Rec River Cats: The 10U Rec River Cats show off their team spirit. Photo provided by Carmichael Girls Softball.