Instead of pounding out drills, jogging around the track and practicing their own swings, the Moraine Valley Community College softball team worked with young girls Feb. 26 at a softball clinic held at Oak Lawn Community High School.
Cyclone head Coach Natalie Wigginton worked it out with the Oak Lawn Park District for her players to work on fundamental skills for budding softball players. For two hours, the players worked with girls aged 5 and 14 years. They focused on proper throwing form, fielding and hitting. This was the first time the team has participated in this type of volunteer activity.
“I want to be a teacher, and it’s my favorite thing to be able to show what I’ve learned throughout the years from my amazing coaches and to pass it along. I think it was really great that the whole team helped because we are such a close group and getting better at working together this season. This was another thing we can use to our advantage to communicate and work together in a different way than just on the field,” said freshman Hayley Franks (Marist).
Wigginton was impressed by her athletes and would contemplate hosting this type of clinic on campus.
“Our players did an amazing job working with all ages. They were able to take skills they have acquired from such a young age and teach the girls the basic fundamentals needed for fielding and hitting. Our players organized the clinic and were able to lead and direct the girls in different drills,” Wigginton said.
“My players had a blast and loved every second of it. It inspired them to be better players and still have the love for the game. Some of them even found that they would love to take on coaching after their collegiate softball career is over. We would definitely do it again, maybe even at Moraine Valley.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Members of the Moraine Valley Community College softball team worked with young athletes at a softball clinic.