By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer
Marlborough – As the president of the Marlboro Girls Softball Association, Inc., Karen Callahan has many responsibilities both on and off the field. She oversees the Board of Directors, handles registration, and is the liaison between projects with the city. She is dedicated throughout the year and enjoys working with the girls as young as 4 up to 15.
She is currently preparing for the Marlboro Girls Softball spring season and online registration is currently taking place until March 2.
“I have always loved being on the ball field,” said Callahan. “I played softball in a town league and high school. Both of my daughters were interested in the sport. I initially got involved with the league when my daughter wanted to play. With each passing year I became more and more involved until I became the president of the league in 2003. At one point, I was even running the concession stand.”
During the off season, Callahan helps to promote the clinics that are being run. She credits the spring season as being the most serious and encourages the girls to be active throughout the year.
“We do have a tournament in the summer league and get a lot of girls who also volunteer. It’s great to see a lot of different ages interacting and both the young and older girls benefit tremendously,” said Callahan.
There are four leagues that start in April. There’s a spring league, travel league, summer league and fall league. This is one of the only leagues that go up to the age of 15. This allows girls who may not make the high school team or simply want to continue with league play.
Callahan enjoys the sport so much, she said it is likely to find her at the field every night of the week.
“I truly love watching the girls’ progress. I really get to know them as I have coached many of them in the league for 10 years. The girls also develop friendships that are very strong. Some of these girls grow up, come back and now coach their own daughters,” said Callahan.
The league is currently gearing up for their February Fundraiser, which is a bus casino trip on Saturday, Feb. 23. This eighth annual FUNdraiser, Wine, Dine & Gamble will be at Mohegan Sun. In addition, there will be a calendar raffle the last two weeks in April, which is their biggest fundraiser.
The money raised goes toward new equipment as well as improvements, such as new scoreboards, roofs on the dugouts and fencing. The city of Marlborough recently put up new lights at Baldelli Field.
Callahan lives in Marlborough with her husband, Charlie, and a cat. She has two daughters, Keri and Kristen and a son named Kevin. She also has eight grandchildren.
“We are looking forward to a terrific season. We have a great board and we all work together to make this so successful,” said Callahan.
Anyone wanting to register for Marlboro Girls Softball spring season or additional information can go to their website, www.marlborogirlssoftball.com.