Very Inspirational People

Sacramento County, CA (MPG)  |  Source: San Juan Unified School District
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Celebrating on June 3 are left to right: Ray Willey, Special Softball Co-Director, and Honorees Donna and Frank Adams. -- Photo courtesy Ray Willey
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SJUSD Gives Special Thanks to Donna and Frank Adams

More than one-hundred and fifty special softball athletes and their families, along with volunteer coaches cheered as Dr. Michael McKibbin, President of San Juan Unified School District’s Board of Directors, read the surprise resolution naming the fields at Orange Grove Adult Education School, The Donna and Frank Adams Special Softball Field. Other SJUSD representatives included Paula Villescaz, Board Member and David Burke, Director of Planning and Property Management.

The Special Softball Program was organized in 1968, and has grown into a successful and important community program sponsored by the County of Sacramento, Department of Regional Parks Recreation Therapeutic Recreational Services, for the benefit of adult athletes with special needs and their families. The event was held on June 3, the final game of the program’s Golden 50th Anniversary Season, as Donna and Frank Adams retired from directing Special Softball.

Donna and Frank Adam have led the Special Softball Program since 1980, and inspired hundreds of special athletes, their families, coaches and volunteers with their selfless leadership. Every year about 40 volunteer coaches assist four minor league and six major league teams every Saturday from March until early June at Orange Grove Adult School. The spirit behind the program is to recognize the contributions of all athletes, promote good sportsmanship and develop life-affirming athletic skills. Every person is a valued team-player.

Ray Willey, co-director of the Special Softball Program, said, “It’s been a privilege to work with Donna Adams for 22 years, and we’d like to thank SJUSD’s David Burke for his leadership role in making this happen for such a deserving couple, as well as Dr. McKibbin and Paula Villescaz.

Although retiring from Special Softball, Donna and Frank will continue directing the Very Inspirational People (VIP) Program they founded in 2002. VIP offers many recreational activities for special athletes, including: soccer, floor hockey, basketball, track & field, bocce ball and swimming. If you would like information about VIP or volunteer, call Donna Adams at 916-606-5844 or go to web site: