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Aug, 2018

Julia Sardaro Awarded 2018 Ben Hostelley Memorial Scholarship

In the photo, Julia Sardaro receives 2018 Ben Hostelley Memorial Scholarship from Nor-Gwyn Softball Commissioner, Katelyn Lay.  Julia is the 19th recipient of this annual award.

The scholarship program, endowed by the late Nor-Gwyn President and founder, is presented each year to a current or former Nor-Gwyn baseball or softball player who has displayed exemplary sportsmanship and an outstanding commitment to community service. The scholarship is administered by a 3-member panel of trustees that is independent of the Nor-Gwyn organization.

Gerald (Ben) Hostelley was one of five founders of the former Upper Gwynedd-North Wales Baseball Association in the early 1970s, which later became Nor-Gwyn Baseball and Softball. Ben was Nor-Gwyn’s first President and served in this capacity until his death in 1997. In the words of one former player, “Ben was a teacher, a mentor, and most of all, a friend. He had a knack for spotting players that needed a little extra attention, such as a player from a fatherless home, or one who has a sick parent or a parent that could not spend much time with their child. He was intensely interested in following the lives and careers of his players. It is perfectly fitting that he would establish a scholarship for players.”