On June 16th, 13 girls, 3 coaches, and a bat girl loaded up 2 vans, and hit the road for what was going to be a softball experience that none of them would ever forget. This group of 17 softball players and coaches, made stops at 13 different colleges, played in 2 ASA softball tournaments, played in one scrimmage, and went to an NPF professional softball game while making stops in 11 different states!
College Stops: Coastal Carolina University (SC), Liberty University (VA), Glenville State (WV), Cleveland State University (OH), Concordia University (MI), Eastern Michigan University (MI), University of Michigan (MI), University of Notre Dame (IN), University of Alabama-Huntsville (AL), Kennesaw State University (GA), Valdosta State University (GA), University of Florida (FL), and St. Leo University (FL).
Softball Games: ASA West Virginia Tournament, DH vs. Turnin2 Michigan, and ASA Kentucky Tournament.
Attractions: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (OH) and USSSA Pride vs. Pennsylvania Rebellion professional softball game (PA) including lunch with National ProFastpitch (NPF) softball players Haylie Wagner, Brittany Gomez, Cheyenne Cordes, Jade Rhodes, Amanda Kamekona.
During these stops, the team was able to get college campus tours, meet with compliance officers, and have the opportunity to meet with the college softball staff and players.
After 16 days on the road, the girls were happy to be home and sleep in their own beds, but the experience would stay with them. “I never thought I would like a school in the middle of West Virginia or Alabama, and I guess I would have never known if we didn’t take this trip” says junior Heather Franson. Sophomore Sarah Barefoot added, “This trip was something that I will remember for the rest of my life. It is a blessing to be able to share it with the people that I did and to simply have this kind of opportunity that others do not get the chance to have.”
“The opportunity this group of young ladies were given by their coaching and support staff is invaluable. To be able to visit this many different and amazing schools in one trip is unheard of. The facilities, the coaches, and life lessons these ladies engaged in will last forever in their minds,” said Kris Ganeff, Associate Head Coach, University of Notre Dame. Assistant Coach Courtney Gentile from Eastern Michigan University added, “The best advice we as college coaches can give to recruitable age student-athletes is to educate themselves on the opportunities that are out there, to visit schools, attends camps, and learn as much as you can about the programs at all different levels. This organization went above and beyond in providing this opportunity for their athletes.”
We may have only been on the road for 15 days, but the experiences and knowledge these girls gained will serve them for the rest of their lives!
PFX Athletics would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for helping to make this trip possible:
The Universities and Colleges we visited on the trip (for helping make this happen)
ASA/USA Softball (especially in West Virginia) – for giving us an opportunity to play with purpose
Turnin2 in Michigan (for spending an afternoon with us)
Chick-fil-A Clermont (for keeping us fed)
Buffalo Wild Wings, Clermont (for keeping us fed)
Smoothie King, Gainesville (for keeping us fed)
The Players (for believing in this program)
The Parents (who trusted us with their daughters!)