Finch named MLB youth softball ambassador

Jennie Finch — the face of American softball for a generation as a two-time U.S. Olympic softball medalist, University of Arizona national championship star, former pro softball pitcher and constant instructional camp teacher — said she is “so looking forward to the future” after being named youth softball ambassador by Major League Baseball on Wednesday.

It is the latest move by MLB to incorporate softball into its overall Play Ball and youth outreach initiative — collectively lifting all diamond sports — and Finch will support those programs that are designed to grow softball at the amateur and youth levels. In addition to her duties as an ambassador of softball, she will support an effort to promote baseball for girls.
“It is an honor to serve in this new role with Major League Baseball to grow the sport that has given so much to me and millions of girls and women throughout the country,” Finch said. “Together, we will promote youth participation at the grassroots level while also helping develop the skills of players ready for the next level. This is a really special time for softball and I am thrilled to play a small part in this effort to increase opportunities to play the greatest game ever created.”
A tentative list of softball- and baseball-focused events at which Finch is scheduled to represent MLB includes the following:

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