Little League season closes with appreciation awards

Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2003

Last year Joe Malatesta Sr. decided it was time to sing the song of un-sung heroes, so he started a family foundation that would sing that song into perpetuity.

A foundation to be sure that each year those heroes of the Little League program that volunteer countless hours and dollars to keep the fun of baseball alive in our community receive a special plaque to hang in their favorite place.

"This year we have two wonderful ladies that deserve some long overdue credit. They are Cyndi Romberg, and Jennifer Kindred. Cyndi has become a legend at the Soldotna Little League coaching from T-Ball on up and this year she got our softball girls and she's whipping them into shape terrifically. This lady not only gives her time and effort, but she gives her heart and that is what baseball is all about," said Malatesta at Soldotna Little League closing ceremonies last weekend.

"It's great to be recognized. Our children are spread over quite a few years and I enjoy working with them and their friends. Athletics is my first love, I played as a player in many sports and I learned quite a few years ago that the winning and loosing is fun, but enjoying yourself and feeling good about yourself is what really matters, and when the kids experience that it's what keeps you coming back," said Romberg.

Jennifer Kindred is a Soldotna Little League board member and was in charge of outfitting all the teams this year with their uniforms in addition to coaching two teams, "I love being actively involved and best part of it is the children. We have a big organization here serving a lot of children and the only way we can get better is to get more people out and involved with the program," said Kindred, who added that she plans to hang the special plaque in her office. That plaque reads, "The Soldotna Little League in conjunction with the Joseph A. Malatesta Foundation hereby thanks Jennifer Kindred by presenting you with this outstanding citizenship award for your personal dedication towards the children of the community volunteering many hours over and beyond the call of volunteering and the Soldotna Little League, the community and all the athletes applaud your efforts."

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