FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 05, 2018
Historic Dodgertown welcomes MLB, USA Softball for EDI Softball
MORE THAN 90 TOP-LEVEL HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL PLAYERS TO MEET AT HISTORIC DODGERTOWN FOR ELITE DEVELOPMENT INVITATIONAL
Selective Event, Operated by MLB and USA Softball, will Feature Participants Learning from Former Olympians & Team USA Players in a “Spring Training-type” Environment
Schedule Includes Player Workouts, Exhibition Games and Special Career Chat at Marlins Park
WHAT: Below are the details for this year’s Softball Elite Development Invitational (EDI), operated by Major League Baseball and USA Softball, at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla. The unique event, which includes approximately 90 high school softball players (18 and under) with diverse backgrounds, is a one-week program geared toward providing elite training and instruction opportunities from former Olympians and members of the USA Softball National Team. In addition to the on-field programming, participants will be treated to a day at Marlins Park on Monday, July 9th, including a special career chat with front office employees and entrance to that night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Players were selected by a combination of the following groups: MLB Youth Academy network, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program, Major League Baseball, and individual active and former players.
The softball portion of EDI is an extension of the two-week baseball portion, which will be holding its fifth installment later this month.
Jennie Finch – Olympic Gold Medalist; Youth Programs Ambassador, Major League Baseball
Jenny Topping – Olympic Gold Medalist; Former member of Women’s National Team
Amber Freeman – Member of the Women’s National Team; Arizona State University Alumna
Sara Nevins – Member of the Women’s National Team; University of South Florida Alumna
Erika Bennett – Member of the Mexican Women’s National Team; Marshall University Alumna
Katie Cochran – Former member of the Women’s National Team; Arizona State University Alumna
Aimee Creger – Former member of the Women’s National Team; University of Tulsa Alumna
Jill Barrett – Former Member of Akron Racers, National Pro Fastpitch; University of Tulsa Alumna
Taylor Hoagland – Former member of the Women’s National Team; University of Texas Alumna
Jackie Traina – Former Member of the Women’s National Team
Tori Franks – Hope International University Alumna
Nikki Girad – Arizona State University Softball Alumna
Emily Lockman – University of Nebraska Alumna
Dawna Tyson – University of Nebraska Alumna
Brittany Williams – University of Oklahoma Alumna
Alleah Laxamana – University of California- Berkley Alumna
Tony Reagins – Executive Vice President, Baseball & Softball Development, Major League Baseball
Kim Ng – Senior Vice President, International Baseball & Softball Development, Major League Baseball
WHERE: Historic Dodgertown, 3901 26th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960
SOFTBALL ELITE DEVELOPMENT INVITATIONAL INSTRUCTION:
Media is invited to cover general softball workouts and instruction, which will be split into morning and afternoon sessions, and exhibition games at Historic Dodgertown. Below is the schedule:
MEDIA NOTE: In order to cover these days, media must RSVP to Ruth Ruiz from Historic Dodgertown (contact info below).
Kerline Batista, Major League Baseball, (347) 998-2049, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown, (562) 716-0013, email@example.com
About Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
“A Florida Heritage Landmark”
World-famous Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida is a multi-sport, 80-acre complex on Florida’s Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley in a partnership since 2012. O’Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as “Dodgertown” for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.
On November 10, 2014, Historic Dodgertown was named a Florida Heritage Landmark for its unique historic significance extending beyond baseball, as the first completely integrated Spring Training site in the South. The “Baseball and Dodgertown” historical marker is located at the entrance to the conference center.
The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it was the starting place for six World Championships and 14 N.L. Pennant-winning teams. Numerous Baseball Hall of Fame players trained on these hallowed grounds, as well as 20 visits from professional teams in Asia.
The all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County, gives teams of all ages the unique opportunity to train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. Participants utilize one of 10 ½ playing fields (seven are Musco-lighted for night games), including a new cloverleaf of youth baseball/softball fields with concessions area and new multi-purpose field (110 by 130 yards) for football, soccer and lacrosse.
Other amenities include clubhouses, two full-sized weight rooms, dining room, Stadium Club lounge and a competition-size swimming pool. The home of 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida provides an all-encompassing experience for guests and is the ideal setting to build a championship team. It’s the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars.
Continuing its tradition since 1983, the Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp returned to Historic Dodgertown in November, 2014. Visit historicdodgertown.com for more information.
Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, (772) 257-8532