Todd Dingmann 2020 Breaking Barriers Honoree
You’re Worth More
When Todd started coaching youth softball in the St. Cloud area in 2010, he noticed a lack of opportunities for girls to compete. In the years since, he has worked tirelessly to make sure girls have the opportunity to play softball at all levels.
Dingmann started coaching softball with the Waite Park Babe Ruth program in 2010. At that time, there was only in-house softball in the program. He joined the Waite Park Babe Ruth board in 2011, and in 2012 he started the travel softball in Waite Park program with two 12U teams. Since then, the travel program has grown to 12 teams ranging from 8U to 16U and the total number of girls now playing in the WaitePark program has doubled.
As well as starting travel softball for Waite Park, he also organized teams to participate in a fall softball league in 2015, which has grown to 118 athletes in Fall 2019. He has worked to bring sponsors to the softball program, started a golf tournament to raise money and has worked to get equal representation for softball on the Waite Park board.
In addition to his work with Waite Park softball, Dingmann has coached in the St. Cloud Area Youth Basketball Association girl’s programs for many years. He serves on the SCAYBA board, and uses his connections to find opportunities for girls teams – his and others – to play at the Target Center and at halftime of area high schools and colleges.All of the time spent working to create these opportunities asa volunteer, simply because Dingmann wanted to make sure his three daughters – and all girls in the St Cloud area – have as many opportunities as possible to play the sports they love.
Dingmann was recognized on February 5, 2020 at the Minnesota History Center as part of the Minnesota National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
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