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ABOUT THE 

Shippensburg Area Athletic Association 

SUPPORTING LOCAL ATHLETIC TEAMS AND ORGANIZATIONS SINCE 1973!

     The Shippensburg Area Athletic Association is a non-profit organization that provides financial support, time, commitment, and positive leadership to our local youth and adult sports programs.  It is our goal to support our area with the resources and facilities needed to participate in sports.  In providing these resources, we hope to promote the values of good sportsmanship, hard work, fun, honesty, teamwork, personal integrity, and provide positive role models to the youth of our community.
     The SAAA sponsors the Shippensburg Stars & Indians adult baseball teams, supports local athletic teams and organizations, awards scholarships to a male and female high school athletes at the Shippensburg Senior High School, helps raise money for the Friends of Memorial Park Pool, sponsors Kids Day, donates sports equipment to local youth, funds the maintenance of the baseball field at Memorial Park, and is also working toward renovating Veterans Stadium, at Shippensburg Memorial Park.
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Executive Board Members
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President

Todd
Martin

     Todd is a Shippensburg native.  Playing baseball, basketball and football throughout his youth and high school years helped to develop his appreciation for community sports.  He currently coaches youth baseball and basketball within the Shippensburg community.    

     Todd started playing for the Stars in 2000 and was a part of both their West  Shore Twilight League Championship teams.  He took over as president of the Shippensburg Area Athletic Association in 2010.  He has played a major role in bring baseball back to Veterans Stadium at Shippensburg Memorial Park and taking the organization from an organization that only sponsors their own adult baseball teams, to an organization that supports all athletics in our community.  Todd hopes the SAAA will continue to grow and support our community.  

Vice President

Christopher
Carroll

     Christopher grew up in Shippensburg and has been very active in Shippensburg athletics.  He has played baseball, basketball, and volleyball throughout most of his life.  Christopher currently coaches youth baseball and basketball.         

     He joined the Shippensburg Stars adult baseball team in 2002 and helped them to win a championship in 2003.  He would later become the Stars and Shippensburg Indians coach for several years.                 Christopher joined the

SAAA board in 2005.  He is most proud of our mission to support local athletics. From adults that enjoy playing the sports they love, to the kids learning and developing a love for those same sports.

Treasure

Secretary 

Travis
DeShong

     Travis was born in Dallastown Pennsylvania and moved to Shippensburg after being hired by the Shippensburg Area School District as a Gym/Health teacher and baseball coach.  Sports have played a huge role in his life.  

     He started playing for the Shippensburg Stars in 2006 and joined the board the following year.  Travis 

currently plays baseball for the Shippensburg Indians, a 28 and over team sponsored by the SAAA.  Within the SAAA he has held the position of treasure for the last sever years.      

     Travis joined the Shippensburg Area Athletic Association not only to support local athletics but to help my community and to spend time with friends that support similar causes.  

Alison
Martin

     Alison is from Hamburg Pennsylvania She attended Shippensburg University.  After graduating from Shippensburg University in 2003, she  become a resident of Shippensburg. She joined the board in 2005 and has been our secretary since 2012. 

     Alison joined the SAAA board because she enjoys giving back to the Shippensburg community, especially to their sports programs.  

        

Board Members
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Donald
Chamberlin
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Joe
Mullen
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Brandon
Soper

     Donald was born and raised in Newburg, PA.  He played football and baseball at Shippensburg High School before attending Shippensburg University.  He currently works for the family business, Chamberlin Pest Control, and is also an assistant football coach at Boiling Spring High School.  Donald joined the Shippensburg Area Athletic Association board in 2011 while playing for the Shippensburg Orioles (28 and over baseball team).  

     Giving back to the community is a priority for Donald and being a part of the SAAA allows him to help provide support for numerous youth and adult sports.  Programs that he has participated in over the years.

     He enjoy being in the SAAA primarily because the core group of the members are people that he has grown up with in sports and in life. Donald believes "We are doing our part to make sure that our kids have the same opportunities that we had and most importantly doing our part to leave things better than we found them."

     One of his favorite things that the SAAA does is provide scholarships for a male and female at the Shippensburg Senior High School. I think it is important to reward students for their achievements and help them achieve their goals in life.

     Joe Mullen is Co-Owner and Director of JKM Training, Inc. based in Carlisle, PA.  His company provides training and consultation services specializing in aggressive behavior management to schools and social service organizations across the country and around the world. 

     He attended Shippensburg University where he played baseball for 4 years (91’ to 95’) and graduated with a degree in Public Administration.  While at Shippensburg, Joe met his wife Stacie who is a teacher in the Chambersburg Area School District.  The two enjoyed the area so much they decided to reside in Shippensburg. 

     Joe continued his baseball playing career for many years with the Shippensburg Stars and Orioles up until his children, Tyler 16 and Riley 14, were old enough to start playing sports.  He has continued with his passion for sports by coaching, mentoring and inspiring young local athletes for the past several years.  In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors and playing golf.  Joe is also a member of Athletes Impact, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop leaders through community services, athletic competition and educational standards. 

     Brandon is from Lionville, PA.  He attended Shippensburg University, where he met his wife, and loved the area so much he decided to call it home.  Brandon has a love for ultimate frisbee and extreme sports, such as surfing in OCMD and snowboarding at the surrounding ski resorts.  

     He joined the board in 2020 because he wanted to be a part of an organization that gives back to his community.  Brandon really enjoys being a part of an organization that supports all sports and age levels.  Giving everyone the opportunity to do what they love.  

TALK TO US

4 Raven Way, Shippensburg PA 17257

(717)372-4402

Shipstars72@gmail.com

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