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Olympic medalist Jennie Finch will bring camp back to North Augusta

Posted: September 3, 2013 - 6:24pm
Jennie Finch, an Olympic gold and silver medalist, answers questions during last year's softball camp in North Augusta. This year's camp begins Oct. 26.   JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Jennie Finch, an Olympic gold and silver medalist, answers questions during last year's softball camp in North Augusta. This year's camp begins Oct. 26.

Olympic medalist Jennie Finch is bringing her softball camp to North Augusta for the second year.

The Jennie Finch Softball Camp will be held Oct. 26-27 at Riverview Park for girls in third grade and up.

Finch was on Team USA, which participated in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and won gold and silver medals respectively.

The camp will feature softball instruction by Finch and some of her fellow Olympic and professional softball teammates, a question and answer session for campers, coaches and parents, a Finch Windmill demonstration, hitting demonstrations by professionals and a pitching demonstration by Finch.

“It’s a skill-development camp,” said Jeremy Jiunnies, programs and facilities supervisor for the North Augusta Department of Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services. “They teach you skill development. It’s not just a celebrity meet and greet. The camp itself is strong.”

Finch is also very hands-on at the camp.

“She worked as hard as any camp counselor I’ve ever seen,” said Jeff Williamson, a program coordinator with the department.

Last year, a little more than 140 girls, most of whom were from out of town, participated in the camp. This year, they hope to attract more girls from the North Augusta area to participate in the camp, said Rick Meyer, the department’s director.

A dinner will also be held Oct. 26 at North Augusta Community Center featuring Finch as the guest speaker.

“She’ll talk about how she developed as a youth, how she came through playing travel ball, how she moved into the college ranks,” said Jiunnies. “She pretty much lays her timeline of development out at that dinner. It’s a great resource for young parents to see if they want the same for their child.”

She’s also inspiring for young girls, added Williamson.

“She’s a power girl and she shows them they can do anything,” he said. “She’s very motivational.”

Advance registration for the camp is required and advance ticket purchase for the dinner is encouraged. For more information about the camp, visit www.jenniefinch.com. Tickets for the dinner will be available at the Riverview Park Activities Center.

JENNIE FINCH SOFTBALL CAMP

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27

WHERE: Riverview Park, 100 Riverview Park Drive

FOR WHO: Girls in third grade and up

COST: $175 per camper, $25 cancellation fee before Oct. 12 (no refunds after Oct. 12); fee includes lunch on both days, camp t-shirt, swag bag with goodies, autographed picture of Jennie Finch, certificate of participation and photo taken with Jennie Finch and her medals

REGISTRATION: (337) 274-3435 or www.jenniefinch.com, advance registration is required

CHAMPIONS DINNER

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26

WHERE: North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave.

COST: $25;

INFORMATION: Tickets can be purchased at the Riverview Park Activities Center; limited tickets will be sold at the door

OTHER: Open to the public

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