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2004 STRIVE Award Winners

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National Administrator of the Year

Joe Cooper | American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC) - Marshall, MI

Calhoun County native a voice for sports safety on national stage
For 21 years Joe Cooper has served as president of the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC) – a network of youth and adult teams in 38 states. For his efforts, Cooper will be honored as the first-ever recipient of the Hershey's STRIVE National Youth Sports Administrator of the Year Award.
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National Administrator of the Year

James "Obie" Evans | Dixie Softball, Inc - Birmingham, AL

Birmingham native championed cause for girls softball in late 1960s
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (September 13, 2004) – All James "Obie" Evans wanted was a level playing field. In 1968, Evans took a group of girls from his Minor, Ala., hometown and formed a softball team that would one day become Dixie Softball, Inc. Today he is being honored as the first-ever recipient of the Hershey's STRIVE Volunteer National Youth Sports Administrator of the Year Award.
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Local Administrator of the Year

Sarah Clark | Little Creek National Pony Baseball/Softball League - Norfolk, VA

Norfolk native spurs Pony baseball league growth, scholarship programs
NORFOLK, Va. (September 13, 2004) – When Norfolk athletic field fees were raised from $10 per season to $40 per week, Sarah Clark fought back on behalf of local youth sports teams – and won.
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Coach of the Year

Alexander L. Conti | Fredonia High School - Fredonia, NY

Mentor makes champs and grads out of Fredonia H.S. "wrestling family"
FREDONIA, NY (September 7, 2004) – In the nine years under his guidance, Alex Conti's Fredonia High School "wrestling family" has been named New York state champions twice and league champs four times. But the biggest statistic on his mind this year – and every year – is his team's graduation rate.
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Volunteer of the Year

Bertha "Bertie" Bostrom | Lake Park Recreation Association - Lake Park, FL

Coach and administrators among others recognized in national program
LAKE PARK, Fla. (September 13, 2004) – At an age when most are more than a decade into retirement, 79-year-old Bertha "Bert" Bostrom is working harder than ever – and every hour of it is unpaid. Her most recent labor of love began in the fall of 2002, when she decided it was time to bring youth sports and recreational programs back to the West Palm Beach suburb of Lake Park, Fla.
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