Archive for February, 2011
This recognition is shared with Camille Gaito. Both Gaito and Scarsella are outstanding softball pitchers who honed their craft playing for Marin Girls Softball teams. Pitching success is often viewed as an individual achievement, but no pitcher succeeds without the offensive and defensive support of her teammates. Consequently, this recognition is not just for the pitcher but for her team as well.
Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter ratcheted the coach-player relationship from important to vital when he donated a kidney to one of his players, Kevin Jordan; thereby writing a new chapter in the manual of coaching.
This is a dramatic example of commitment — Jordan had never actually donned a Wake Forest uniform. He was a recruit who arrived for his freshman year on campus with his kidneys already ailing. Nevertheless Walter still considered him as a member of the team.
Jordan’s kidneys were barely functioning … he needed daily dialysis; and none of his immediate family members were a match as an organ donor. Up stepped Walter, who volunteered to be tested and was found to be a compatible donor. On Monday, Feb. 7, the transplant was performed at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Both patients are doing fine as of this posting.