Softball Player Saydee Najarro Wins the Children’s
2013-2014 Comeback Athlete of the Year Award
After a concussion forced her to miss a month of softball, Saydee Najarro came back to the game even more excited to play. She didn’t let the injury slow her down for long.
The 9-year-old’s dedication to her favorite sport impressed more than just her family and teammates. Following a two-week voting period at the beginning of May, Saydee was named the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta 2013-2014 Comeback Athlete of the Year. She won the title over seven other dedicated athletes who received treatment for a variety of injuries at Children’s.
“This is awesome,” Saydee said when she heard the news. “I can’t believe I really won. I can’t wait to tell everyone.”
Saydee is the second athlete to be named Comeback Athlete of the Year for Children’s. Last year, 9-year-old gymnast Kate Euart earned the distinction after recovering from a broken elbow.
On top of earning the Comeback Athlete of the Year title, Saydee also won a set of personalized trading cards and a $500 donation to her softball team from Children’s.
Saydee suffered the concussion in September 2013 while playing for her Double Trouble softball team. As she tried to stretch a double into a triple, Saydee was tagged high by the third baseman, knocking her to the ground.
“It was the nastiest hit you have ever seen,” her mother, Donna, said. “She flipped backwards. Her helmet came off. She had some chipped teeth.”
Saydee’s pediatrician referred her to the Children’s Concussion Program, where she was given guidelines on how to recover and when she could return to play.
On top of missing softball for a month, Saydee also couldn’t play outside with her sister, watch TV, play video games or go to school. While it may not have been easy, she did what she had to so she could get back to softball.
“I wasn’t happy about it,” Saydee said, “but I wanted to get better.”
About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent dedicated to kids for 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Our specialized care helps children get better faster and live healthier lives. Managing more than 870,000 patient visits annually at three hospitals and 27 neighborhood locations, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support since 1915, Children’s has impacted the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit www.choa.org for more information.
Tags: General News
, Concussion Program
, Sports Medicine
Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014