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Olympian encourages girls during camp

Posted: October 29, 2013 - 6:05pm  |  Updated: November 7, 2013 - 9:55am
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Surrounded by girls in pink shirts, Jennie Finch talked about her playing career and offered advice for furthering their own.

“Know your weaknesses; know your strengths. Turn your weaknesses into strengths,” Finch said. “You all have different gifts.”

Finch held her two-day softball camp at Riverview Park on Saturday and Sunday, providing instruction and demonstrations to girls in the third grade and up from more than 10 states.

Finch enlisted the help of former teammates and coaches, as well as her father, to instruct players. The girls rotated by stations across the park’s fields. At Finch’s station, she talked to the girls and took photos.

“It’s awesome to see families together,” Finch said. “I look back at some of the memories around the ballpark and it’s so fun to see them living it.”

Finch also provided a pitching demonstration, throwing to former North Augusta and current Lander infielder Aubrey Lamar.

Finch holds the NCAA record with 60 consecutive wins while pitching at Arizona, where she won the 2001 National Championship and was named Women’s College World Series MVP. She followed that with a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics.

Finch now does camps and speaking engagements while raising three children.

“The best part of who I am and what I get to do is hopefully impact these young girls’ lives and encourage them on their journey,” she said. “I like to share the game, (and)lessons I learned from it.”

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