Class of 2020 - Aminah Shakir

To our beautiful Aminah,

It’s so hard to put into words just how proud we are at everything you’ve put your heart and mind to. There is nothing in this world you can’t accomplish when you truly want it and work hard for it. We remember with so much pride when you were only 4 years old all you wanted to do was get on the field and play, it was your first tryout for the Tee-Ball team in CT the ONLY girl to attend and the ONLY one in full New York Yankee gear, baseball pants, jersey, glove, cleats, bat, and the only one to not hit off the Tee because you wanted the ball to be pitched to you. Since that day you haven’t stopped playing. All the hard work you have put in for the past 13 years has shaped you into the great athlete you are today. It has given you strength, determination, and so much drive to be the best you can be in all aspects of your life on and off the field.

Daddy and I look forward to watching you continue your amazing academic strengths carry you into the future at the University of Mary Washington and also a great privilege to watch you play softball for them; the sport you have never given up on. We know at times it became too much with all the school work, travel games and high school games tested your strengths, but you never gave up. You have given it your all and as parents that is all we can ask for.

You have given daddy and I the best 17.5 years of watching you accomplish everything you’ve wanted at such a young age and we look forward to watching you achieve everything your heart desires in the future.  Thank you for being such an amazing daughter and best big sister/role model to your sisters.  We love you beyond words could ever explain, you make us so proud every single day.  Now, go fly baby girl as you enter this wonderful world and make all your dreams come true, we will always be here to support you in everything you set your mind to.

Love always,

Mommy & Daddy

What can I say about Aminah? She has made such a difference on our team that it is hard to put into words. Aminah always wants to work toward excellence. She is that player that will ask the hard questions and won't settle for surface answers. She is very serious about the game, but knows how to have fun with her team. When she has a goal, she works hard to accomplish it. I always loved giving her a hard time and to see her give that smile back to me. I'm so proud of you girl, and I know you are going to make a difference in your life as you go on to play college softball and engage the world. We will truly miss you, but we know you are going to bless others. Love you girl!

Coach Phil