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Briggs, Miron awarded St. Thomas Minor Baseball scholarships
Submitted By STMBA on Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Erin Briggs and Ethan Miron have each been awarded $500 post-secondary scholarships from St. Thomas Minor Baseball (STMBA) as recognition of their long-term involvement and dedication to the association as both players and umpires.STMBA announced the scholarship winners on Monday, Sept. 21.

It is the second year STMBA has awarded scholarships to graduating participants who are “dedicated students, positive role models and active community members.

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Briggs, 18, has played house league baseball with STMBA every year since 2010 and has been an umpire since 2015. In 2019, she was the lone female house league player with STMBA at the U18 level and she is currently the highest ranking female umpire in St. Thomas, maintaining Level 3 certification. Briggs lives in Port Stanley and is a graduate of Parkside Collegiate Institute. She has been accepted into the University of Toronto’s forensic science program.

In the essay that accompanied her scholarship application, Briggs wrote, “I started to play baseball for fun but as I got older, people started to ask if I was going to play softball or other variations of the sport. I always told them that I was going to keep playing normal baseball. I thought it was kind of insulting that they always assumed that just because I'm a girl that I wouldn’t be playing hardball with the boys. I wanted to play the game in its purest form, the one I saw on television, the one I saw my brother play and the one with the most beautiful sound in the world, the crack of a wooden bat. Also, this sport was mine and uniquely mine. While all of my friends shared stories of playing soccer, I was able to recount the events of previous baseball games while teaching them about the sport that I adored. I loved teaching my friends about a sport that they knew nothing about.

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Miron is also a long-time player and umpire with STMBA. The 18-year-old St. Thomas resident and Central Elgin Collegiate Institute graduate began his playing career in St. Thomas at the age of 6 and has been a long-time competitive player both with The St. Thomas Cardinals and London Badgers. He has been a St. Thomas umpire since he was 10, currently maintaining Level 3 certification. He plans to go to culinary school and hopes to, one day, open his own restaurant.

He said he credits STMBA for helping him develop leadership skills and pointed to a fundraiser called 4paws4Logan he organized to help a young boy with cerebral palsy obtain a service dog.  “Without being taught leadership skills and volunteering skills through baseball, I wouldn’t have been able to run the fundraiser as smoothly as I did,” Miron wrote.

He also said baseball has taught him, “that failing is a big part of being successful. The best hitters get out two-thirds of the time… taking that into real life, I see that I can fail multiple times and still become successful if I keep working at it.
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