Note: Following the completion of this blog, the NCAA suspended all spring sports as a result of the global pandemic, COVID-19. Be sure to read the end of this post and see how true champions lead in adversity.
“THE BAMA WAY”
That moment is here,
The time is now,
We must pay for it with blood and tears
And the sweat from our brow,
But we don’t complain, we just lift and we flow,
It’s the price of winning and we will leave no doubt.
I will give my team the best of me,
Making sure that a strong man is standing next to me,
Tradition says that greatness is our destiny,
But it takes hard work to rebuild a legacy.
We never worry about tomorrow
We just focus on today,
Making progress is part of the process
For our better play.
Our pursuit started at the boots and now we regroup
As one team, one school, a family with one dream.
To climb to the top and three to remain by doing things the ‘Bama way!
— Written by former Alabama football captain, Todd Bates, to inspire the football team
In 2010, when both of my daughters were just discovering their passion for softball, we were asked to join some friends on a visit to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.Not only did we get to watch some softball, but we also attended a reunion of the gymnastics team that our friend competed with when they won the National Championship in 1988. It was an incredible weekend of touring the campus, stadiums, watching softball and attending my first gymnastics meet with 14,000 of my closest friends. After that trip, the University of Alabama became one of my favorite places to attend sporting events.
From softball to football, gymnastics to baseball, basketball to soccer, as long as they weren’t playing against Texas A&M (Class of ’91), I would root for the Crimson Tide. In the past 10 years, I have been so blessed to cross paths with some amazing people who have become dear friends over the years. One in particular, head softball coach Patrick Murphy — who is not only a friend, but a trusted mentor.
In the world of college softball, Alabama is a powerhouse under the leadership of Coach Murphy. A 2012 National Championship, twelve Women’s College World Series berths, five SEC regular season titles, six SEC Tournament titles and 21-straight NCAA Tournament bids are only a few of the team honors that Murphy has brought to Tuscaloosa during his tenure. Since the inception of Charge Up, I have had the honor and privilege to speak to Murph’s softball team more than once.