State park association, YMCA honor local volunteers

LAWRENCEVILLE -- In separate announcements this week, the Georgia Recreation and Park Association and recreation and the YMCA have honored local volunteers.

On Wednesday, the Gwinnett Senior Softball League was given the park association's District 7 Volunteer Award. Founded in 1985, the small group came together to provide opportunities for senior citizens to enjoy softball through organized league play.

Since its creation, the organization now encompasses 12 metro Atlanta counties and a dozen teams located in Gwinnett. In addition to coaching, selecting teams, running tournaments, recruiting players and assisting with events, the volunteers honored line fields, set out bases and schedule officials for games.

More than 180 seniors typically register to play each year in the Gwinnett Senior Softball League.

"This group of players has traveled across the state of Georgia and the nation for the past 26 years, acting as volunteer ambassadors for Gwinnett County, spreading the word about what we have to offer and inviting folks to visit Gwinnett," said Tina Fleming, division director for Gwinnett Parks and Recreation.

The J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA in Lawrenceville also selected its volunteer of the year this week.

Muguet Bradbury will be honored next month at the organization's metro Atlanta volunteer dinner. Bradbury has volunteered at the Lawrenceville YMCA for 12 years, helping with the Blue Dolphins swim team and running the scoring computer during home and away meets.

"It's great to be able to use my computer skills to provide a service for the kids and coaches on the team," she said in a press release.

The YMCA of Metro Atlanta annual volunteer dinner will be held on Nov. 7 at the Cobb Galleria.