The Virgin Islands Softball/Baseball Association was the recipient of a total of $22,000 which will assist the women’s national softball team as they prepare to head to the 2023 Eastern Caribbean Amateur Softball Confederation (ECASC) Championship in St. John, USVI.

Minister for Sports Honourable Sharie De Castro on behalf of the Government of the Virgin Islands handed over a $12,000 cheque to the national team on Monday night.

She left encouraging words with the team ahead of their trip on Tuesday morning to St. John.

President of the BVI Olympic Committee Mr. Ephraim Penn also presented the association with a cheque valued at $7,000.

He said the Olympic Committee has supported women’s softball in the territory for a number of years and sees a promising future for the sport in the territory.

Also contributing to the national team was Business Owner of Tradewinds Mexican Grill Shamora “Molly” Penn-Maduro.

Her cheque of $3,000 was a direct contribution to the national team’s newly designed outfits which are a collaboration with the popular local clothing brand Trefle Designs.

Manager and Coach Honourable Neville “Sheep” Smith thanked all the parties for their meaningful contributions which will assist the team tremendously as they aim to win the upcoming tournament.

The 16-member team representing the BVI are Akira Phillip, Bria Smith, Claury Scatliffe, Dariér Malone, Javlyn Frett, Jelisa Potter, Jheane Niles, Kaynesha Stoutt, Kennisha Powell, Kimiya Matthias, Lil-Makeda Fahie, Marisa Malone, Melanie Stoutt, Shauliqua Fahie, Sheniqua Fahie-Johnson and Thea Cooke.

Also with the team will be Head Coach/Manager, Honourable Neville Smith and assistant coaches and trainers, Shamouri Robinson and Demoi Hodge.