December 31, 2017
Doesn’t it seem like just yesterday we were ringing in 2017? Suddenly, it’s December, and 2018 is looming large right around the corner. Before we break out the holiday fudge and New Year’s champagne, let’s take a look back at how the Natasha Watley Foundation changed and grew this year.
In 2017, we partnered with the Dodgers Foundation; our coaches appeared at four Dodgers clinics, where we reached about 200 girls and 30 additional coaches. We received a generous grant from the Dodgers Foundation that allowed us to hire 15 coaches to teach our young female athletes.
This was the 10th season for the Natasha Watley Foundation’s summer league, and this year, we had 31 participating teams made up of 465 girls and 26 Coach Mentors. For the first time ever, we were able to add a third age range; girls 15 and under finally had their own division! Major congratulations and kudos go out to the MLK Rec Center; teams there took the championships in both the 12U and 15U divisions. During the summer league, we also partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance and conducted a coaching workshop to improve our mentors’ skills and teach new methods and theories.
Our fall league was also a huge success, with 5 teams, 75 participants, and 7 Coach Mentors in the 15U division. With a hard-fought season under their collective belts, the Ross Snyder Rec Center team ultimately took home the championship. Our athletes also attended a hitting clinic led by two-time Olympic gold medalist Crystl Bustos.
We look forward to growing even further in 2018, reaching more young aspiring athletes, and connecting more eager Coach Mentors with teams. Our participants gain so much from their experience; the season may end, but the lessons in teamwork, camaraderie, leadership, grit, and discipline last a lifetime.
We can’t wait to see what the New Year has in store for us!