DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Softball's Jordan rewarded for community service

Xavier senior softball player Emily Jordan has been recognized as a Distinguished Finalist for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.
Jordan was one of six students recognized as Distinguished Finalists. A student from Laveen and one from Tempe were the winners. Jordan will receive an engraved bronze medallion.
Jordan, a catcher and outfielder, created the “Thanksgiving Softball Clinic’’ for girls who wanted to learn the basics of the sport, and asked participants to bring canned food items to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen.
She designed fliers and banners to spread the word, recruited her softball teammates, friends and family to volunteer, and included a discussion among the participants about their food donations and how important it is to give back to the community.

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