Bernal works hard on recreation

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An affection for sports runs in Ruby Bernal's family, making her position in the recreation department a perfect fit.

Bernal is the City of Fort Stockton's Director of Recreation. She has worked in sports since she was a little kid.

“Our family is really active in sports,” she said.

Bernal started out with T-ball and then moved on to Little League baseball with the boys since girls softball wasn't offered at the time.

Her dad, Ruben, has coached Little League for years, and her older brother played baseball.

She also played flag football with the boys, and then girls basketball.

Bernal graduated from Fort Stockton High School in 2006, where she played volleyball, softball, basketball, track.

As a freshman, she was on the varsity basketball team and was the starting shortstop in softball.

Throughout her schooling, she was always involved in the recreation department with refereeing and coaching.

After high school she went to Odessa College to play softball, where her team was ranked fifth nationally on the junior college circuit.

She then went to Ranger College and played softball and volleyball, before transferring back to Odessa College to complete her associate's degree.

As a parent, she is now able to share her passion for being active with her son.

“He is also really involved in sports,” she said of Bubba now 9-years-old.

She gets her son involved in all the sports camps and as many recreation leagues he can.

“We've had a lot of fun together with sports,” said Bernal. “It's what we do.”

For the last three years she has worked in the recreation department, starting as an administration assistant for Paul Casias.

When Casias moved to another position, she filled in as interim before being hired permanently.

Bernal said Casias expanded the variety of sports and created a bigger program.

“I have pretty big shoes to fill,” she said.

Bernal has help from her recreation board, which is composed of two county commissioners, two city council members and one person who is voted in.

The board helps oversee and vote on finances and make any changes it deems necessary.

“I have a really supportive board,” said Bernal.

Bernal's job is to coordinate all of the youth programs and go over rules. Leagues, start dates and schedules.

She also still coaches recreation volleyball and goes to as many of her sons events as she can.

“This job is perfect for both of us,” said Bernal.

Fall registration for recreation sports starts July 29 and ends August 22.

Forms can be picked up at City Hall at 121 W. 2nd street or at the recreation department at 1201 W. Sherer Street.