The 10-year baseball coach and travel team coordinator was also given the organization’s Cregge Beard Service Award, bestowed upon the volunteer who most exemplifies the nonprofit organization’s values of commitment, leadership and sportsmanship.
Both awards were surprises to Stachowski, who was greeted at Bell Memorial Park by his wife, children, parents and sister.
“Over the many years my family has tolerated and supported me when I said, ‘I have to run over to the park’ and a 30-minute trip becomes an hour or more because I’m there talking to our families and seeing the kids playing baseball,” he said.
Parks and Recreation Director Jim Cregge said Stachowski was an easy choice for parks volunteer of the year because running the 700-member organization is nothing short of a full-time job.
“Most people have no idea how much work it takes to produce a baseball season at Bell Memorial Park,” he said. “Even in the off-season, there are planning and preparation activities.”
Stachowski has also agreed to serve as baseball representative in the stakeholders meetings for the expansion of Bell Memorial Park.