For softball fans, the name Jessica Mendoza is very familiar.
From 1999-2002, Mendoza roamed the outfield for Stanford, where she was named a four-time first team All-American. She is only the fifth player in NCAA history to accomplish that feat. Mendoza also rewrote the Stanford record books, establishing the career mark for batting average, hits, doubles, home runs, slugging percentage, runs scored and stolen bases.
In 2004, Mendoza was a starting outfielder for Team USA and helped the team capture the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Athens. In 2008, she was again a starter for Team USA, but this time she had to settle for a silver medal in Beijing.
In addition to her Olympic medals, Mendoza took home gold in the Pan American Games in 2003 and 2005, and she also helped lead the U.S. to wins in the World Cup and Japan Cup. In 2006, she was named National Softball Player of the Year.
Mendoza will be in Columbia County next month holding a softball and life skills clinic at Greenbrier High School. She will give instruction in hitting, short game, base running, outfield and infield defense. She also will give tips on strength, agility training and nutrition.
As a former president of the Women’s Sports Foundation, Mendoza said she wants to tackle, head-on, the issues that young women face in our society. She also knows first-hand that sports can help with self-esteem. She will go over this with the clinic participants as well.
With the success of Evans, Harlem, and Greenbrier in recent years, there is no question Columbia County is producing some terrific softball talent. An event like this can only add to the excitement that already exists in the county for the sport.
Each player will get a photo and autograph opportunity with Mendoza and a gift bag.
The Clinic will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. March 17 at the Greenbrier High School field on Riverwood Parkway in Evans. The cost of the clinic is $85. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (912) 506-8448.