Jennie Finch, Compton MLB Academy host free softball clinic, Saturday
The clinics will be in support of the MLB Youth Academies and surrounding Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) leagues
Olympic Gold Medalist Jennie Finch gives a demonstration during a softball clinic in Dallas, Texas last year. Photo: Ron Jenkins/MLB Photos via Getty Images; provided by MLB Academy
USA Softball Olympian Jennie Finch, USSSA Pride of Compton Amber Freeman use softball clinic to encourage young girls looking to play
Amber Freeman, a catcher with the USSSA Pride of Compton, will also take part.
MLB Youth Academy is located at 901 E. Artesia Blvd.[MAP] The clinic occurs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Akron Racers Outfielder and Gold Glove Winner A.J. Andrews will host a New Orleans clinic, also on Sat., Feb. 24.
Participants, ages 9-17, will receive top-notch instruction as well as insight and mentorship from Finch and Andrews. The clinics will be in support of the MLB Youth Academies and surrounding Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) leagues, both of which seek to provide low-cost baseball and softball opportunities to youth from underserved communities. The softball clinics, which are free and open to the public, are part of MLB’s efforts to encourage and support young girls looking to play softball.
Finch was a star pitcher for the University of Arizona before winning a Gold Medal with the USA Softball Team at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Andrews, the first and only woman to earn a Gold Glove award, attended Louisiana State University before playing professionally.
The MLB Youth Academies in Compton and New Orleans are part of a larger network, which includes MLB Academies in Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.