FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2017
INAUGURAL SOFTBALL ELITE DEVELOPMENT INVITATIONAL OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY AT HISTORIC DODGERTOWN
Week of Softball Features Appx. 85 Participants (18 & under) with Diverse Backgrounds Learning from Former Olympians, USA Softball Players and Coaches in a Spring Training-Environment.
Schedule Includes Player Workouts, Exhibition Games and Special Presentation by Softball Legend Jennie Finch
Below are the details for the inaugural Softball Elite Development Invitational (EDI), operated by Major League Baseball and USA Softball, at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla. The special event includes approximately 85 amateur softball players (18 and under) with diverse backgrounds in a one-week program geared toward providing elite training and instruction opportunities from former Olympians, USA Softball Players and Coaches. 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 event is made possible through joint funding by MLB and USA Softball.
The softball portion of EDI is an extension of the two-week baseball portion, which held its third installment earlier this month.
Jennie Finch – Olympic Gold Medalist; Youth Programs Ambassador, Major League Baseball
Tony Reagins – Senior Vice President, Youth Programs, Major League Baseball
Crystl Bustos – Olympic Gold Medalist; Head Coach, Texas Charge
Alicia Hollowell – Olympic Gold Medalist; Four-Time NCAA All-American
Jenny Topping – Olympic Gold Medalist; Four-Time All-American
Lauren Lappin – Olympic Silver Medalist
Jackie Traina – Former Member of Team USA; Assistant Coach, Dartmouth University
Kellie Fox – Former Member of Team USA
Sara Nevins – Former Member of Team USA
Raven Chavanne – Two-time World Cup Gold Medalist; Former Member of Team USA
Jessica Hall – UCLA Softball Alumna; Four-year All-Pac 12 honoree
Juliana Chidester – Member of the Argentina Softball National Team
Lauren Sweet – USSSA Pride Catcher; University of Michigan Softball Alumna
Katie Cochran – Four-Time All-American; Arizona State University Alumna
Nikke Girard – Arizona State University Softball Alumna
Historic Dodgertown, 3901 26th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Former Olympian and softball legend Jennie Finch will address participants on Saturday, July 29 at 7:45 p.m. in the Jackie Robinson Room at Historic Dodgertown. She will be available to the media on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30. Senior Vice President of Youth Programs at Major League Baseball Tony Reagins will also be available for interviews.
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:
Friday - Saturday, July 28-29
8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Defensive Workouts
3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Offensive Workouts
Sunday, July 30 – Monday, July 31
8:00 – 11:30 a.m. Team Practice
3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Games
Tuesday, August 1
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Group Stretching
9:00 – 12:00 p.m. Games
In order to cover these days, media must RSVP to Ruth Ruiz from Historic Dodgertown.
Kerline Batista, Major League Baseball, (347) 998-2049, email@example.com
Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown, (562) 716-0013, firstname.lastname@example.org
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