Often times, an email from one's collegiate alma mater is notifying the recipient of the next alumni gathering, or touting the latest fundraiser the school is conducting.
However, the email William Chrisman softball coach Lindsey Ramsey received earlier this month from the University of Missouri-Kansas City was unique. By answering it, she claimed a prize – no scam involved.
Ramsey, a 2000 graduate of Chrisman who enjoyed a stellar softball career at UMKC before graduating from there in 2004, had been selected for the UMKC Athletics Hall of Fame.
"It was complete surprise," she said. "I got an email to call somebody at the school, and when I did they told me about the honor."
Ramsey will be part of the university's sixth induction class, with the ceremony taking place the evening of Jan. 10 at Municipal Auditorium's Little Theatre. The inductees, who include four other individuals and a women's basketball team, also will be recognized at halftime of the men's and women's basketball games against Chicago State the next day.
Once Ramsey's initial surprise wore off, the flashbacks arrived in her mind.
"I have really great memories of playing softball at UMKC," Ramsey said. "It brings back old teammates, old rivalries, some of the trips you took."
"I certainly remember playing Western Illinois when they were in our conference. My freshman year they got us pretty good. Either my sophomore or junior year we were down by quite a few, 10 or 11. We were down to our final out, but we kept getting hits and getting hits and rallying. We came all the way back."
As a freshman at UMKC in 2001, Ramsey was a first-team All-Mid-Continent Conference selection at third base, and she earned second-team honors in 2002 and 2004. In 2002 the 'Roos won the conference regular season title and advanced to the tournament championship game, and she also was a three-time selection for the Mid-Continent's academic honor roll.
Ramsey's name still dots the school softball record book. She is second in career assists (476), third in walks (65) and games played (219), fourth in doubles (32), seventh in runs batted in (62) and hits (166) and 10th in runs scored (62).
Ramsey, who has taught for seven years at Chrisman High School, was an assistant softball coach for five years before taking the top job, and she's been the helm for three seasons. She said she hopes to pass along her love of the game and the traits of a being good teammate – both nurtured at UMKC – to the players who come through her program.
"I think anybody that goes on to play college softball, everybody was in love with the game," she said. "You find that special thing about what it means to be a teammate for four years. You learn to appreciate the sport.
"I think that's a lot of what I've taken away from playing at UMKC, and playing my whole life. I hope, as a coach, that my players see that. My wish for each of them is to go on and play in college, and know much it taught me."