SHS, CHS softball rivals score big for Autism Awareness
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The teams may be rivals on the softball diamond, but when it comes to helping others, Livonia Stevenson and Churchill softball players hit a grand slam, together.

For the eighth year, the two schools’ softball programs played a “community awareness game” for local charities. This year, it was Stevenson’s turn to select a cause. They chose Autism Awareness to benefit from the awareness and the fundraising efforts that surround this fun event.

The two softball programs raised more than $2,000 by selling Autism Awareness bracelets, magnets and shirts and the funds were donated to two Autism Spectrum Disorders programs in Livonia Public Schools.

In addition to the funds, SHS softball players donated their time on Thursdays, in Roosevelt Elementary ASD teacher Katrina Moxham’s classroom. CHS players did the same in a different classroom.

Their efforts make the coaches, Kevin Hannigan (SHS) and Abe Vinitski (CHS) very proud.

“It’s the teachers like Katrina Moxham and the staff at Roosevelt who deal with autism on a daily basis who deserve all of the credit,” said Hannigan. “For some, it’s about wins and losses during the season. In our program, we teach life lessons and try to inspire our players to become more than just an athlete. I’m extremely proud of the way they handled themselves over the past two months as they volunteered their time, even through their hectic schedules.”

Not that it mattered as much as a regular game may matter,  Stevenson girls won the charity game and took the City Champs title.