Greenbrier senior Ashlee LaFontaine knows what it's like to give 100 percent in competition, but her giving nature is not limited to the softball field.
The all-star catcher wanted to do something for her community while honoring the memory of a fellow athlete, so she will play host to a softball clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 at Patriots Park. The clinic is open to girls ages 8-14, and proceeds will go toward a scholarship in honor of LaFontaine's good friend Daniel Hall, a Greenbrier golfer who died last year.
"I've always been big in sports," said the All-County Catcher of the Year.
So when it came time to choose a senior project, she wanted to share her ability and love of softball while raising money for a charitable cause.
"It's always good to do something you enjoy," said the 17-year old who likes children and sports.
"She enjoys teaching kids everything she has learned. Her leadership on and off the field is a tremendous example for our student body," said Garrett Black, head coach of Greenbrier softball.
As part of her senior project, a graduation requirement, she set up the non profit organization Ashlee's Athletic Angels in Action to handle earnings from the softball clinic. LaFontaine, an all-state player in Class AAAA, will be joined by other talented athletes from Greenbrier such as All-State and -Area Pitcher of the Year Kristan Glover.
"Most of the Greenbrier Team will be helping," LaFontaine said. The team members will focus on all aspects of softball including catching, hitting and base running. In addition, the day will include fun drills and prizes, such as autographed softball items and trophies. Hometown Sports is sponsoring the event.
Registration flyers for the event are available at elementary schools, or by calling 854-0829.
Registration is $20 if received by Feb. 11. Late registration is $25, and team discounts are available.
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