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November 09, 2017
Women’s Baseball tournament at Historic Dodgertown shows love for the game has no limits
Participants represent various professional career paths, including the MLB Commissioner’s Office
VERO BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 8, 2017) — More than 80 women representing five teams traveled to Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach this past weekend for a Women’s Baseball tournament, and played on the property the same as 60 years of Major League Dodger baseball.
The women traveled from Toronto, Washington, DC, New England and northern states, and from Florida to participate in the tournament. This is the fourth visit to Historic Dodgertown by this Women’s Baseball tournament group.
“We chose this tournament in Vero Beach because we love to come to Florida in November, as this lengthens our tournament season,” said tournament organizer Alana McKinley, who also plays for the Toronto Fusion of the Ontario Women’s Baseball League. “This is a well-run tournament. The fields are unbelievable and it is a real treat for us. Play and stay – Historic Dodgertown has everything we need.”
Women’s baseball tournaments welcome players as young as age 13. The women play in regular leagues and on travel ball teams throughout the year. Clinics for girls ages 13-17 are held to encourage interest and to let all women know there are opportunities for them to play baseball.
The women come from diverse backgrounds. McKinley is a behavior analyst for children with autism. Also playing in the tournament were a police officer from Toronto, an attorney with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, financial analysts, teachers, students including a Ph.D. student, and a Major League Baseball (MLB) staff member.
Elizabeth Benn, who plays on the DC Thunder team, currently works in the Labor Relations Department in the MLB Commissioner’s office in New York. This past summer Benn visited Historic Dodgertown while working in MLB’s Youth Programs Department and assisted in the planning and coordination of the inaugural Elite Development Invitational Softball camp. Nearly 85 high school girls from across the country and Puerto Rico traveled to Historic Dodgertown for MLB’s camp, and were coached by more than 20 softball stars, including five Olympians, on how to play the game and to encourage education and life skills.
Benn was first introduced to baseball at a young age, and at age 7 joined a boy’s baseball league. Aside from being a walk-on softball player in at the University of Toronto, she has always played baseball on boys, men’s and women’s teams, including while earning a Master’s degree at Columbia University. She also played in the Women’s Baseball tournament two years ago at Historic Dodgertown.
“It is just really special being here because of the history, and the trail blazing history of Jackie Robinson training at Dodgertown during Spring Training,” said Benn. “Getting to be on the same fields and at the same facility is a special opportunity.”
Benn, who also teaches philosophy at Lehman College, enjoyed the summer EDI Softball camp and seeing the girls’ reaction upon entering the Major League Clubhouse, fitness rooms, meeting rooms and more. For many of the girls, this was the first time they encountered a truly professional experience.
Whether women’s baseball or softball, Historic Dodgertown provides the optimal setting to show women their love for the game has no limits.
To learn more about women’s baseball please visit www.EasternWomensBaseball.org or in Canada www.OntarioWomensBaseball.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