August 25, 2022
Over the weekend, Joy Magnabousco, a New Jersey native, was honored as 2022 Little League Softball Coach of the Year presented by Lance Sandwich Crackers, the official snack of Little League.
One softball player said it best — ‘Coach Joy brings the joy!’ When asked for advice for those hoping to teach little league Magnabousco said, “Treat everyone on your team equal because each player is unique in their own way. Get to know who they are on and off the field and show that you are interested in them as a person, not only as a player. Be a positive mentor, be silly, be humble and be their #1 fan!”
For over 12 years, Magnabousco has selflessly volunteered her time to the league and district to teach players about teamwork, hustle and most importantly having fun while doing it. Her impacts on the community show as her players gravitate towards her and continue playing the game thanks to her encouragement. She instills the values of hard work, determination and pride through her teachings and devotion to the league.
“Although losing a game can be a tough challenge, it’s important for all athletes to learn that good sportsmanship is essential to being a great player. One team must win, and one team has to lose, so if you play your best and give 110% as a team, you are already winners and the score won’t even matter,” she says
Alongside Magnabousco, baseball coach Antonio Colon of Milwaukee, WI, was also honored for the Little League contributions in his own sport. During a plaque ceremony ahead of Saturday’s, 8/20, 7pm Little League World Series game, Colon and Magnabousco ventured to Williamsport, PA to receive the esteemed title and were awarded a $5,000 grant toward future league programming, on behalf of Lance Sandwich Crackers.
Both Lance and Little League are extremely proud of these well-deserving Little League coaches who inspire kids to reach their full potential both on-and-off the field. There’s no better way to honor hometown heroes than a national recognition that brings to light the importance of positive mentors in sports.
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