LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster to throw out ceremonial first pitch
The Giants, Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI) and Team-Up for Youth have partnered to host Team-Up for Girls Day at AT&T Park to honor Bay Area women athletes and encourage young girls to pursue their goals on Saturday, May 30, when the Giants play the St. Louis Cardinals.
The pre-game panel discussion, which begins at 4:00 p.m. in Scoreboard Plaza at AT&T Park and requires a special ticket (call 415-972-2298 or go to sfgiants.com/specialevents to purchase), will feature Juli Inkster, LPGA Hall of Famer, Sara Dukes, AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Peanut Louie-Harper, once ranked #19 in the world on the WTA Tour, Jocelyn Forest, National Champion and MVP of the New England Riptide of National Pro Fastpitch, Alix Klineman, Stanford Volleyball Two-Time All American, Kay Cockerill, the only woman golfer to be inducted into UCLA’s Hall of Fame and current commentator for the Golf Channel, Cheri Blauwet, Two-Time winner of the Boston Marathon and Gold Medalist in 800m Athens Paralympics, and Megan McCray, member of the FC Gold Pride, Bay Area women’s pro soccer team. These women will also be honored on the field in a homeplate ceremony that begins at 5:40 p.m.
During the pre-game festivities, the Giants will also welcome three young, Bay Area, women athletes who play varsity baseball for their high school teams – Donna Williams, American High School in Fremont, Allely Albert, Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley and Jessica Nemerovski, University High School in San Francisco.
BAWSI, pronounced “bossy” was founded in 2005 by World Cup soccer stars Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy, to create avenues for strong, talented and accomplished women athletes and coaches to inspire girls, women and families with their leadership skills and community service. Women athletes from all sports and of all ages volunteer their time as role models in three BAWSI programs: BAWSI Girls, BAWSI Rollers, Salud por Vida and BAWSI Dads and Daughters creates opportunities for fathers and their daughters to attend women’s sports events together. (www.bawsi.org).
Team-Up for Youth believes sports taps into a child’s best, but often unrecognized, qualities and helps children find the champion within. Team-Up for Youth has pioneered innovative strategies to strengthen and expand after-school sports and physical activity programs that support the healthy development of young people living in low-income communities. Team-Up for Girls is a new initiative that is focused on engaging more girls in sports by working to improve existing sports programs for girls, create new ones and eliminate barriers to girls’ participation (www.teamupforyouth.org)
To purchase a special Team-Up for Girls Day ticket, go to sfgiants.com. The ticket provides access to the pre-game Q&A with Bay Area women athletes and a commemorative Team-Up for Girls Day t-shirt.
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