I came across a story today and it grabbed my attention.
Apparently there was a lot of corruption in California softball league and it’s lead to lawyers being involved.
A nasty situation to say the least.
This was of interest to me because a few years ago I ended my three year tenure as Vice President of a girls softball league ages 5 thru 14.
We were quite proud of what we accomplished in those three years having increased the bank account substantially and also greatly improving the number
of girls participating. We even got to a point where we would have large fundraisers for local family’s in need and ended up collecting and donating
$17k. That was an amazing number for our small town to raise.
Anyway, the main reasons we could accomplish so much was transparency and accountability.
My wife acting as the bookkeeper was a stickler for paper trails. Receipts for everything!
There were also free skills clinics for the girls and other resources for the community to see a return on their investment.
After my experiences with our league it amazes me how this story could even happen.
Theft of money and equipment.
No bid contracts.
The lawsuits numbers are over $100k in damages and legal fees!
I know large amounts of money can corrupt people but parents need to be holding the league accountable.
I guess I’m an unusual parent because I tend to speak my mind and to hell with the repercussion.
The link and a few snippets are below for those interested, but fair warning, it’s infuriating.
One thing I loved about coaching was teaching the girls sportsmanship and respect but I guess everybody forgot that responsibility.
“ A Santa Rosa girls softball league is suing a breakaway group of former board members who executed a coup, alleging they improperly used money,
equipment and infrastructure from the first league to start their new league.”
“ In the meantime, volunteer board members and parents have been skirmishing about bank accounts, board actions, use of membership lists and social
media accounts, and alleged theft of funds and equipment. Longtime volunteers are bickering and feel forced to choose sides, those involved
“ The latest suit alleges the splinter group damaged the Santa Rosa league, which was formed in 1997, by improperly conducting board business, lying
to bank personnel to access league money, filing a false police report and frivolous lawsuit, using the league contact lists to poach participants to
benefit their own organization, misappropriating equipment and stealing its traditional team names, including the Red Barons.”
edit on 20-1-2020 by Bluntone22 because: (no reason given)