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Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 2:15 am

Prevention Coalition awards 5

Pawtucket Prevention Coalition Director Diane Dufresne, far left, stands with Prevention Academy Award winners (from left) CSI Program Mentor Sean Garedo, Pawtucket Slaterettes Baseball League President Sarah Feeley, Jenks Jr. High/JMW School for the Performing and Visual Arts school nurse Linda Mendonca, Councilor-at-Large Larry Tetreault and State Representative Bob DaSilva, who’s also a Pawtucket Police Lieutenant.

…In recognizing Sarah Feeley, Dufresne noted that the Pawtucket Slaterettes is the first all-girls baseball league in the United States. It has become, she said, a national model for perpetuating the knowledge of baseball among girls and implanting the ideals of good sportsmanship, courage and respect for authority.

Dufresne said that Feeley played for the Slaterettes until the age of 18 and later joined an alumni team. She joined the Slaterettes board of directors in 2002 and became president in 2007, and continues to coach younger girls (ages 5 and up) in Little League baseball as well as in Pawtucket Youth Soccer. The Pawtucket Prevention Coalition, Dufresne said, chose Feeley for her “dedication to the youth of Pawtucket and the powerful role sports play in promoting positive behaviors in our youth.” ….

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