Sleepovers have been popping up all over the Fontbonne community. First it was the juniors, now it’s the softball team. Both members of the JV and Varsity Softball Team slept overnight in Ms. Duggan’s room, 302. They were accompanied by varsity coaches, Frank Marinello and John Heinsch, as well as junior varsity coaches, Nicole Marinello and Dawn Duggan.
Across the hall, room 301 was filled with snacks. Some girls baked cookies and brownies, and some brought chips and popcorn. The night was spent playing board games, dancing to music, and reading the classic Christmas stories Twas’ the Night Before Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The night ended with the 24 girls laying down and having a movie marathon, which started with It’s a Wonderful Life.
Head coach, Marinello, thought of this great idea after hearing about the successful junior's sleepover, one month prior. He believed that this would be a great way to get the girls to bond. Everyone hung out with each other and Marinello made sure of it! During a game of Heads Up!™, Marinello made sure that every team member got a chance to play. The players also made sure he and Heinsch were included. Following Heads Up!™, the team proceeded into the courtyard to start a pickup game of volleyball. “Let’s just say, we should all stick to softball!”, said freshman Alexa Bertelle.
The goal of the sleepover was to form unbreakable bonds between the girls and the coaches. The result definitely met and exceeded that goal. “It was really great being able to spend the night with the whole team, it was the first time I’ve ever had a sleepover with them all,” says junior Emily Manti. For one freshman, the purpose left her mind. “I’m really happy that we spent a lot of time together, not only as a team, but as a family. Being a family is extremely important in order for us to function as one,” said freshman Liani Kane.
Coach Marinello was very happy with the outcome. He concludes, “It was a tremendous night for Fontbonne softball. It became an off-field activity. No one had to worry about anything softball related, it was all about having a good time and enjoying yourself. The night was a ‘no-worry’ night.”
Family is something that is always stressed once a person becomes part of the Fontbonne Softball Team. Players gain 20 sisters to do everything with. Performance suddenly relies on the eight other girls on that field. There is absolutely no way a team can succeed without becoming a family. The Fontbonne Softball Team has never felt like anything less than a sisterhood.