Jamie Minter: Edmond North Mom of the Month – Presented by Dr. Craig Kupiec, INTEGRIS Family Care Edmond East

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Jamie Minter is February’s Edmond North Mom of the Month. She has been involved with the Huskies softball team since 2012, which both of her daughters, Julia and Jacee, have played for.

Her oldest, Julia, graduated in 2016 and is now a junior at the University of Central Oklahoma. Julia played varsity softball for four years and was part of the 2012 State Championship Team. Jacee is currently a junior at Edmond North who has committed to play softball at the University of Central Oklahoma upon graduation. She was named the district and conference offensive player of the year and also holds the record for season and career home runs.

Minter is very proud of her family and all the work her daughters have put into their sport. Between school and travel ball she and her husband Damon, Captain at the Edmond Police Department, never miss a game.

“When they were both playing we would have to divide and conquer, going our separate ways most every weekend,” she said. “We have always felt that if this sport is important to them, then it should be important to us to be involved and supportive. Our job as parents is to teach them how to balance it all without doing it for them.”

Minter is a graduate of Comanche High School, where she played softball and basketball, so she understands the dynamic of playing on a team and the commitment that is necessary to balance athletics and academics. She is happy to prioritize her daughters’ activities so that they can learn these valuable lessons.

Jamie Minter - Edmond North mom

“Softball is a team sport and if you are going to be a part of a team, then it is your responsibility to commit the proper time and dedication to your teammates,” she said. “You do not miss a practice or a workout because your teammates depend on you! But first and foremost, grades are number one. You must show responsibility in the classroom before you can show responsibility on the field. Being able to balance both has taught them life lessons that should carry them throughout adulthood. It has taught them the importance of personal fitness, how to work with others, how to be punctual, and how to juggle both victory and defeat.”

Part of Minter’s above-and-beyond involvement includes being an Edmond North softball booster club officer for seven years and president for four. This job keeps her busy all year round, organizing a multitude of fundraisers to make sure the team has everything they need, as well as many other projects.

“This allows us to provide hotel, food, senior recognitions, a nice banquet, All-State jackets, and anything else the team needs,” she said. “Since being President, we have funded brand new lockers for the locker room and a live camera feed on the field for all games.”

Those at Edmond North have taken notice of Minter’s efforts and are appreciative.

“She is always willing to do anything to help our program become successful,” said Head softball coach Rick Nordyke. “She runs our fundraising programs and our hotel arrangements for tournaments. She has been a big part of our team for years.”

Edmond North athletic director Tom Snider agrees.

“She has been a positive role model for our softball program for the last seven years,” said Snider. “She has helped our softball program to be one of the finest in the state.”