The first girls to experience the game bring the fun of softball to Lamad’s court

Girls with game experience

Only two months after celebrating 75The tenth Minor League Baseball Anniversary® World ChampionshipIt was softball game Which brought hundreds of people to Williamsport for an unforgettable day full of fun and festivities as part of the first ever Girls with game experience.

“It was a great opportunity to bring the fun and excitement of Softball into the home of the Little League Baseball World Series and provide over a hundred game girls a unique opportunity to interact with Division I college athletes and bring home these wonderful memories,” said Ashlea Nash-Miller, Softball Development Director. Little League. “I cannot thank everyone at Maryland, Penn State and MBI Camps for helping to organize this wonderful event and we look forward to continuing to find new ways to bring softball to life here at Williamsport and in communities around the world.”

Today’s festivities began with a two-hour clinic, led by coaches from MBI Camps and members of the Penn State and Maryland soccer teams, where over 100 camp participants had the opportunity to learn and develop their skills on the pitch (Lamade pitch), pitch (volunteer pitch), and batting ( beating cages).

After the clinic, after enjoying a lunch from the Little League, the participants had the opportunity to explore Little League World® museum And shop at the Little League Gift Shop before heading to Volunteer Stadium for a 45-minute yoga and stretching session, led by Josie Miller of the YMCA’s YMCA Regional Chapter.

Continue the day with a special guest and motivational speech by Joey Lai, Soviet Olympics bronze medalist for Team Canada, NCAA bi-athlete, Class 3 USA softball player, and NCAA softball coach for 19 seasons before heading to the Lamad Stadium to watch the clinic’s coaches enter the field.

The conclusion of the day was the first-ever college football game to be played at Howard J. Lamade Stadium while Penn State and Maryland squared off in an exhibition game. After opening with a ceremonial first pitch by Joey Lay, a performance of the national anthem by Isabel Potters of the Uptown Music Collective, and recitation of Little League Pledge by Billy Parshall of Penn State, Penn State went on to win 6-0 over Maryland.

Girls with alumni experience the game

said Mark Montgomery, University of Maryland softball coach. “This is a historic place and a place where our players grew up watching TV, so to be able to work with the Little League to develop the softball game here is very exciting.”

After the game, members of the Penn State and Maryland softball teams kept signing autographs and taking pictures with the clinic participants, wrapping up the day with some unforgettable last moments and sending all of the day’s participants home with a smile.

“One of the most important things for us in Pennsylvania, and I know in Maryland as well, is making sure that we act as role models and represent our community, and this has been a great way to do that,” said Clarissa Crowell, PA. State University Softball Coach. “For us to have the opportunity to get out here and help develop the game here at Williamsport, in the home of the Little League Baseball World Series, that’s fantastic.”

The unique all-day event is named to celebrate Little League Girls with Game initiative Launched in 2019 to honor all the girls and women who made Little League what it is today and those who inspire a future generation of female participants at every level. From written stories and featured videos to inspirational quotes and images across all of its digital media platforms, Girls with a game initiative Celebrates unforgettable moments, exciting events, and inspiring individuals throughout the Little League Baseball and Softball program all year long. To learn more about this initiative, visit LittleLeague.org/GirlsWithGame.


note: More photos from today’s celebrations will be added to this page throughout the week.

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