Katie O’Connor started her Girl Scout experience in 1st grade at the age of 5. That was 9 years ago, and she’s loved every moment. She cites some of her favorite moments as going to the Maritime Aquarium for an overnight, and any time her troop partnered with younger Girl Scout troops for projects and activities – a skillset we’re sure Katie has strengthened in helping out younger sister and Brownie Girl Scout Liv.
Her troop is also active in service – they provide tours for Girl Scouts entering Middle School so they feel comfortable in their new surroundings. A few years ago, Katie also earned her Bronze Award along with the rest of her troop by raising money and donating pet supplies to the ASPCA in their project titled “ASPCA Donations Project.”
“I love Girl Scouts because it’s fun, you make friends through it and help the people around you at the same time,” she shares reflecting on her time in the organization.
But we all know Girl Scouts are well-rounded, ambitious, and determined to succeed, so it comes as no surprise that Katie, an enthusiastic and confident Girl Scout, has applied herself and her can-do mentality to another area in which she succeeds – softball.
Today, in addition to being a Cadette Girl Scout with Troop 02391 in Yorktown she plays on 3 competitive softball teams. “As a kid I won the long ball hitting contest two years in a row, I made my first travel softball team three years ago and last spring our Yorktown In-house Rec Team won the championship game, making us the number one team in the WPBA,” she explains citing some of her many accomplishments. She currently plays for the Hudson Valley Raptors Travel team, the Copper Beach Bobcats, and the Yorktown In-house Rec Team. Through softball she gets to regularly travel and compete throughout Westchester and NYC.
“I love softball because it’s something that I just naturally clicked and enjoyed, There’s nothing more satisfying than feeling your bat connect with the ball or the sound the glove makes when you throw a hard fast strike and celebrating wins with the team.”
We wish Katie the best of luck this softball season, and can’t wait to see what she does next!