USA Elite Select’s vision has been to utilize our platform as a national sanctioning body to provide the elite game with tools to empower and equip our athletes on and off the field. At this year’s World Fastpitch Championship, we’re excited to offer educational seminars focused on providing elite athletes and their parents resources to achieve that goal.
On Monday and Tuesday, we will offer a series of educational seminars focused on equipping the complete student-athlete. Each day will have two sessions of seminars to accommodate teams’ game schedules. These sessions will each be 3 hours long and offered to athletes, parents, coaches, and community members for $20/session.
The first seminar we will spotlight is Monday’s Stay in the Game Seminar. This seminar will run Monday morning 9-10:45 and evening 4:30-6:00. It will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Kansas City in Overland Park [10100 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210].
Monday, Stay in the Game Seminar:
The Stay in the Game seminar was inspired by an event I did with the US Women’s Soccer Team where we gathered female administrators, coaches, and business leaders together to answer the question, “How do we get our female athletes to consider a career in the sport industry?” The foundation of this seminar is to encourage our female athletes to utilize their platforms to become leaders and decision makers in the sport industry. We need more female leaders in sport and female athletes are equipped with the character traits that make great leaders!
We have invited several women who played softball at the highest level, competed for championships, and have ultimately used their sport platform and athlete mentality to propel their professional careers off the field—in the softball industry. With the rise of college softball on television and the growing youth sport participation numbers, numerous jobs present themselves for our female athletes in sport and particularly the game of softball.
Here is a look at our Stay in the Game Panel of Amanda Scarborough, Francesca Enea, Jami Lobpries, Juliana Forero Becerra, Megan Willis, and Sam Ricketts.
Amanda Scarborough, ESPN Color Analyst, Package Deal, Blogger
Amanda Scarborough has used an entrepreneurial approach to working in softball. The Texas A&M Hall of Famer and two-time All American finished her playing career in 2008 where she won numerous awards including Big 12 Player and Pitcher of the Year while winning 2 Big 12 Championships and playing in 2 WCWS.
Amanda started calling NCAA regional games on ESPN in 2009 and soon worked her way to become a lead broadcaster on the SEC Network and analyst for the WCWS. Amanda is one of four members of Packaged Deal, an interactive clinic experience who travels the country working with and inspiring young players. Additionally, Amanda has made a name for herself in the softball world as a blogger writing about important topics for athletes and parents on and off the field.
Francesca Enea, Marketing Manager, Easton Fastpitch
Francesca Enea graduated from the University of Florida as the SEC’s all-time homerun leader. The 3-time NFCA All American set 7 records while at Florida including career and single season records in homeruns and RBIs. Tim Walton’s first Florida recruit from the softball hotbed of Southern Cal and the OC Batbusters organization helped the Gators reach the WCWS and the WCWS Final for the first time in school history.
After four seasons in