Amy Donaldson, Deseret News
Deseret News writer Amy Donaldson was inducted into the Utah Softball Hall of Fame Friday afternoon.
She was honored for her extensive coverage of girls and women's softball and her advocacy of all women's athletics through game recaps, special interest stories, and in-depth features.
"Amy has been a true pioneer and advocate of girls and women's sports through her work at the Deseret News," said Kendra Tomsic, the athletic director at Rowland Hall. "She truly believes in the power that comes with participation in sports and feels strongly about all young women having that experience."
Donaldson has worked for the Deseret News since 1991 and moved to sports in 2000, where she currently covers local and high school sports, manages the "Reasons to Run" blog, and writes a fitness column twice a month.
She serves on multiple nonprofit boards, including the board governing Swing for Life, an organization that hosts educational clinics and raises money for cancer research. Donaldson has also served as a facilitator at the Utah High School Activities Association Dare2Lead student leadership conference.
"It's an incredible honor," Donaldson said of being inducted. "I'm very grateful to those who nominated me, and I'm humbled and a bit overwhelmed at being included in such an accomplished group. Softball was the first sport I played, and it's always been my favorite. Covering high school softball was the reason I fell in love with sports writing, and I'm eternally grateful to all of the coaches, players and parents who've allowed me to share their stories."
Alongside Donaldson, seven additional community members were inducted into the Softball Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Larry H. Miller Softball Complex in Salt Lake City.
Becky Anderson, who recently retired from her position as Assistant Director at the UHSAA, was honored as a coach/administrator. She has been involved in the softball community as a player at the University of Utah; as a coach, at Murray High School; and as an administrator, at the UHSAA.
"I have seen firsthand the improvements that have taken place since Becky has been involved (with directing the state tournaments)," said Lisa Parker, current head coach of the Murray High softball team. "It has been so nice to have someone go to bat for the softball community."
Florence Holtshouser was inducted for her contributions to women's fastpitch softball and R. Wayne Griffin was honored for his 35 years of coaching and supporting teams in eastern Utah. Owen Christensen was honored for his contributions to men's fastpitch softball while Steve Clegg, Brad Edington, and John Giesler were honored for their contributions to men's slowpitch softball.