Zama teen wins MLB award for sportsmanship
October 22, 2007
It’s not very often that a 14-year-old girl from Camp Zama, Japan, wins a Major League Baseball award, but Alysa Prather did just that.
At the Zama American High School football game Friday night, the Camp Zama Youth Center presented Prather with the 2007 Major League Baseball S.T.A.R. Award for the base.
The award stands for sportsmanship, team spirit, achievement and responsibility and is presented to Boys and Girls Club members who show a positive attitude in after-school sports, fitness and recreation programs throughout the United States and at military bases overseas.
Robert Santana, the Zama Youth Sports and Fitness director, said Prather was chosen because she exemplifies the award’s meaning on and off the field.
Prather, who was unavailable for comment, has been participating in youth sports at Camp Zama for about six years, according to her father, Dana Prather.
“Her love right now is volleyball and softball, with some soccer on the side,” he said.
Dana Prather added that when they first found out that his daughter had won the award it took a little while to sink in.
“It’s kind of overwhelming that she won, actually,” he said. “There’s a lot of great athletes at Zama.”
Crediting the excellent coaches who volunteer for youth sports, Prather said his daughter has become a “fierce competitor on the field,” with a strong sense of teamwork and respect for the opposing team.
For more information on the MLB S.T.A.R. Award, go to: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/community/bgca_staraward.jsp.