Area girls will have the opportunity to learn about softball from professionals during the Jennie Finch Softball Camp on Nov. 10-11 at Riverview Park.
Finch has played professional softball and was on the USA softball team during the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. The team won gold at the 2004 Olympics.
Longtime softball coach Ron Conley sees the camp as an opportunity to expose girls to the game.
“(Finch) runs a very good camp,” he said. “The girls enjoy it and I think her coming here will be a boost to the softball program in the area.”
The camp, geared toward girls in third through 12th grades, will feature a question-and-answer session for campers, coaches, and parents; a Finch Windmill demonstration; a hitting demo by professional coaches; a pitching demo by Finch; and drawings for prizes.
Finch and other professional softball players will run the camp with assistance from local softball players, including Augusta State University’s team.
It’s exciting to have “someone of her caliber” hold a camp here, said Rick Meyer, director of North Augusta Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services.“She is the gold standard for softball.”
More than 100 girls have registered for the camp. Registration is $175 and includes lunch on both days, an official camp T-shirt, a goody bag, an autographed photo of Finch and a certificate of participation. Campers can also have their photo taken with Finch and her medals.
The community will have a chance to meet Finch and other players during a Dinner with Champions on Nov. 10 at the North Augusta Community Center. Tickets cost $25.
Proceeds from the dinner and a silent auction at the event will benefit the recreation department’s youth softball program.
“Anybody who has a love for softball and wants an opportunity to speak with her should come out,” said Meyer.