USSSA Pride Celebrates 30th Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day

National Girls and Women in Sports Day Blue Resized For USSSAPride

Kissimmee, FL-February 3, 2016-Today marks a day when girls and women in sport are celebrated. For thirty years now February 3rd is a celebration of not only how far women in sport have come but a reminder to appreciate the opportunity that is given to all female athletes today. What started off as a day to recognize women’s sports nationally and commemorate a pioneer in the fight for equality gradually expanded to mean a lot more. From that initial recognition and commemoration has come a great deal of new ideas to celebrate on this day. This day represents the empowerment of women and … [Read more...]

Leaving a Legacy: Caitlin Lowe Set the Standard in Softball

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Legacy is defined as anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor. In sports, we often measure an athlete’s legacy by how she impacted the game and people around her. Did she leave the game and her successors better than when she arrived? Caitlin Lowe has left a legacy in softball that far transcends the outfield grass or the left-handed batters box. This week Lowe announced her retirement from the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) as she now focuses on her coaching career at the University of Arizona. In her farewell letter, Lowe stated “I choose to say goodbye to my … [Read more...]

Chelsea Thomas: The Pride of Pleasantville

Chelsea Thomas is finally returning to 100% health in 2014. Photo by Paige Jones

By: Jami Lobpries Often, when an athlete slips through the cracks of a professional sport draft, experts use the term sleeper pick. When it came time for the 2013 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) draft, Chelsea Thomas was no sleeper in the softball world, but the 2013 SEC Pitcher of the Year did slip through the cracks all the way to number 20 [the last pick] and into the hands of USSSA Florida Pride General Manager Don DeDonatis. Slipping through the cracks of the NPF draft wasn’t due to a question of talent, it was more to due with questions concerning Thomas’s health and whether or not … [Read more...]

Cat Osterman and Andrea Duran are Thriving after 30

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Jami Lobpries Kissimmee, FL-July 29, 2014- At what age does a female athlete reach her prime? It may depend on the sport and it probably depends on the work the athlete puts into her athletic success. During the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) season, two USSSA Florida Pride veterans are making the case that the prime for female softball players may be around the age of 30. Mentally and physically, Cat Osterman and Andrea Duran are at their best in 2014 because they continue to put in the work necessary. On her 30th birthday last year, Cat Osterman announced she would be retiring from … [Read more...]

Jordan Taylor Uses Softball to FIGHT Childhood Cancer

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Jami Lobpries Kissimmee, FL-July 7, 2014-Nelson Mandela believed “Sport has the power to change the world.” One of the world’s greatest leaders and social change activists went on to say “Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.” USSSA Florida Pride pitcher Jordan Taylor is living Mandela’s beliefs.  Taylor has been using the power of sport to create positive social change and hope since her days at the University of Michigan. The name Jordan Taylor is etched throughout the University of Michigan softball record books. But the Wolverine’s all-time wins and strikeout … [Read more...]