HANSCOM AFB -- Steve Silva, Hanscom Federal Credit Union's vice president of marketing, and his family were recently recognized by the state House of Representatives and the city of Lowell for more than 15 years of volunteer service to the Highland Sports Association and Hadley Field.
A formal award presentation took place at Bailey Elementary School in Lowell during opening ceremonies for the Highland Sports Association Little League season.
"Everyone -- every family -- involved in this baseball program knows that the Silva family is the go-to family if they have a question or need help," said Ryan Rourke, president of the Highland Sports Association. "Their tireless dedication through the years has helped the association grow to be one of the best in the city."
The ceremony followed the annual Little League parade. The citation was presented by state Rep. Rady Mom before a crowd of hundreds lined up around the school baseball field.
"You are truly Lowell's unsung heroes," Mom told the Lowell family.
Silva accepted the award alongside his wife, Moira, and their three children, Harrison, Luke and Declan. Since 2003, Steve has worked continuously to maintain city fields, coach teams, mentor players and participate on the board of the Highland Sports Association. He currently serves as the Highland Senior League vice president. Behind the scenes, Moira Silva has volunteered to organize volunteer efforts and assist with publicity.
"I remember that first day, asking Steve to sign up our then-preschooler for a baseball team," Moira said with a laugh. "When he came home, he smiled and said he signed up to coach, too. That was the start of it all. At one point, he was coaching three teams in a season -- one for each of the boys."
"This is not surprising at all," said Paul Marotta, chairman of the board at Hanscom FCU. "It is a fitting tribute to a good man. Steve has been a loyal, hard-working member of our team, and we are so happy and proud to learn that other teams have also been enriched by his dedication and kindness."