Class of 2020 - Kaylee McKinney
In the summer of 2008, you stepped on the softball field for the first time with your little pink glove, bat and helmet…and now 12 years later you are stepping off the field for the last time. Wow! Where has the time gone?!
The amount of time, energy, and hard work you have poured into the sport you love has not gone unnoticed and has been amazing to watch over the years. All the hours spent going to practices, games, hitting lessons, waking up early and getting home late, driving miles and miles to attend tournaments, and playing in extreme heat, cold, rain, sleet, hail and snow are special memories that will last forever.
We are so proud of you and all your accomplishments in softball and in school. But, more than all the trophies, medals, and awards you have earned, we are most proud of your positive attitude, the encouragement you showed to your teammates, the respect you showed your coaches, your leadership, and your servant heart. And those characteristics will take you far in life.
Kaylee, it has truly been a blessing to be a part of your softball journey (both as your parents and as your coach). We will miss watching you play, but we will continue being your biggest cheerleader as you begin this next chapter in your life!
We love you!
Mom and Dad
I saved writing this one to the last because I wouldn't be able to make it through the rest if I started with her. What do you say about a player who is also your daughter? Through the years I've seen players with their dad coaching them and the relationship was strained and hard. Buy Kaylee and I have never known that. My daughter never tried taking advantage of my position, she took harder calls from me than the rest of the team, came earlier and stayed later than everyone else, and she never complained. She always wanted to know what she could do and how she could help. Even when the rest of the team started shutting down, she wouldn't and would scream louder to push them harder. I've loved every second of being your coach Kaylee, but I've loved every second of being your dad even more. You'll never know what sort of impact you've made with your teammates, coaches, families, and yes even the umpires through the years. Know that your coach is proud of you, but your dad loves you. How cool to have one of your children also be one of your greatest friends. I will truly miss all the time we shared together. More than you'll ever know. Love you, my girl!