INCHELIUM - Amaya Simpson (Colville Tribal member) of Inchelium loves the sport of softball.
In fact, you could say she breaths the sport.
“Hands down softball is my favorite sport,” says Simpson. “I love it for the hardships and for the success it gives me. There is absolutely nothing like it.”
Now, her skills are taking her halfway around the planet.
Simpson has been selected and received an invitation to play in the Down Under Games in Australia in July 2020.
“I get to go play softball across the world,” said Simpson. “This has been a dream of mine for a long time.”
”Softball has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. I’m blessed to be offered this chance to showcase my talents and represent my rez and hometown.”
Simpson, who is going to be a senior at Inchelium High School, cannot put into words the amount of generosity and support she has received thus far.
“Man, this community is amazing, everyone always looks out for each other and wants nothing but the best for each other,” says Simpson. “It’s just so awesome to see people in this community building each other up and helping you achieve your dreams.”
Simpson has helped the Lady Hornets softball team to back-to-back state appearances and in the process, helped Inchelium bring home third place at the 1B WIAA Softball championships for the past two seasons as well.
“I’m so proud to call Inchelium my home,” she says. “I’m never surprised by the amount of love, encouragement, and support this community has not just for me but for everyone.”
She primarily plays catcher and is one of the more consistent hitters on the team, but expressed that without her teammates, it wouldn’t be easy.
“My softball family, those guys are the people that I have to thank the most for this opportunity,” says Simpson. “Without the support from them building me up and being there for me, I would’ve never been to this point.”
Simpson is currently raising money for the trip. If you’re interested in donating, you can find the link on Facebook.