Softball legend hosts clinic in Casper for next generation of softball players
CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Leah Amico won three Olympic gold medals as part of the United States Olympic softball teams. She also won three national championships playing softball at the University of Arizona.
On Saturday, the former Wildcat was in the Oil City helping Wyoming’s youth softball players develop their skills on the diamond. She held a clinic for elementary and junior high softball players at the North Casper Sports Complex softball fields.
“She was willing to give anybody any tricks she had,” said Emily Fransen, a softball player and fifth-grader from Oregon Trail Elementary. Fransen attended the afternoon session and said anyone that didn’t come “missed out.”
Amico’s appearance was a partnership with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. “I love to connect with these athletes and see the smiles on their faces when they [can] hear some instruction and put it into work and see immediate results,” said Amico about what she enjoys most about holding these types of clinics. “That just brings me so much joy.”
Kelly Walsh and Natrona County High School softball players also helped Amico run the clinics in the morning and the afternoon. That was something that Amico said she enjoyed the most about today’s clinics.
“I think that is so important. It shows these girls what they can aspire to, so I’m an Olympian, but they’re right here locally. They can come and cheer them on and watch them and think ‘I’m gonna be in their shoes one day,’” said Amico. “So seeing this community come together excites me because that’s what it’s all about.”
Amico made an impression on most of the kids in attendance. She could be found at different times giving one-on-one instruction to almost every kid throughout the afternoon session, and all of the girls were eager to get an autograph and have their picture taken with the former Olympian after the clinic was over.
Fransen said she would probably be telling her friends about how much fun the clinic was and the batting tips she picked up from Amico.
“It was really cool because I mean she was in the Olympics,” said Fransen with a smile after the clinic. “If you just think about that, it’s pretty cool.”
Amico will be speaking at College Heights Baptist Church in Casper at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
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