USA Softball


USA Softball commissioned MTM Recognition, the nation’s leader in sports awards and recognition, to create their iconic Player of the Year award to become a symbol of Softball for years to come. Lisa Fernandez, a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist as a member of USA Softball, was chosen to be the subject of the one-of-a-kind, bronze award and she was instrumental in helping MTM’s sculptor Mario Grijalva with all the fine details of the piece. 

Though the sculpture is frozen in time, the fluid motion of the wind up and the player’s determination shine through in this iconic bronze.  USA Softball’s vision was to create a recognizable symbolic award for Softball incorporating the pitching circle, thus the circular base at the foot of the bronze.  

Grijalva, a graduate of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma with hundreds of works of art to his credit, captured the fine detail of Lisa’s pitch through the month long process of sculpting the clay to ready for casting.

The black stained walnut base stands 5 ¼” tall and 11 ½” wide at front and is cut in the shape of a softball home plate.  The bronze sculpture stands almost a foot tall atop this base to add to the rich texture of the overall look of the piece. 

“MTM has been the official supplier of ASA, now USA Softball for over 27 years and we are very proud to create this iconic award for them,” said Charlie Stepp, MTM’s Relationship Manager for USA Softball. 

MTM Recognition is the nation’s leading designer and manufacturer of symbolic awards for world-class events including NCAA Championships, NASCAR, Special Olympics, Bowls and Athletic Conferences and USA Softball to name a few.  MTM creates and implements recognition solutions that celebrate achievement, reward performance, honor service, brand and reinforce company image.