The BIG Vision Sports Complex in Bern Township will again play host to an Olympic Gold Medalist when Jennie Finch comes to town this weekend, May 20 & 21 to host one of her World Renowned Jennie Finch Softball Camps.
Finch is a former collegiate All-American, right-handed hitting softball pitcher and first-baseman originally from La Mirada, California. She pitched for the Arizona Wildcats, the USA national softball team and the Chicago Bandits. Finch won the 2001 Women’s College World Series and helped lead Team USA to the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Time magazine described her as the most famous softball player in history. In 2010, Finch retired from softball to focus on her family. In August 2011, she started work as a color analyst for ESPN doing National Pro Fastpitch and college softball games. She was recently named the official Youth Softball Ambassador for Major League Baseball.
The camp will kick-off on Saturday morning at 9:00 AM on Whitey Kurowski Field with special opening ceremonies that will feature Berks County Commissioner, Christian Leinbach and Greater Reading Chamber and Economic Development Corporation President, Randy Peers throwing out ceremonial first pitches.
In addition to running the camp on Saturday, Finch will be the guest of honor for the Jennie Finch Dinner of Champions, which will be held at the Reading Regional Airport, also in Bern Township. Attendees do not have to participate in the clinic in order to attend the Dinner of Champions, which starts at 6:30 PM on Saturday, May 20, 2017.
“We’re very excited to chosen as an annual site on the Jennie Finch Softball Camp circuit.” Said Dan Clouser, President of the BIG Vision Foundation. “Having someone like Jennie Finch understand and support what we do as an organization is extremely beneficial.”
Registration is still open for both the camp and the Dinner of Champions, the public can register for both events at http://www.bigvisionfoundation.org/jfdinner.
Jennie Finch, her father and personal pitching coach Doug Finch and her Olympic and Professional softball teammates, Crystl Bustos and Toni Mascarenas will be providing two full days of personal instruction covering all aspects of softball. This is an amazing opportunity for softball players to come and learn from the best in the world and discover what it takes to be a Champion on and off the field. The camp is open to girls ages 3rd grade and older.
Jennie Finch Softball Camps offer instruction for all positions and aspects of the game. Camps offer each camper the opportunity to interact with and learn from some of the best softball players in the World, including professional, Olympic, and collegiate athletes.
Currently there are almost 150 campers registered, but there is still plenty of space available for both the camp and the dinner event.
In addition to the Jennie Finch Softball Camp, BIG Vision Sports Complex will also be hosting 27 youth baseball teams during the Unique Pretzel City Classic tournament as well as an FC Revolution State Cup soccer game. All in all players and teams from 16 different states throughout the country will be represented at this weekend’s festivities.
“We love creating these types of opportunities for young women and men alike in our community to interact with positive role models who will teach them both the skills of their respective games and even more importantly, life lessons.” Said Clouser in closing.