Natasha Watley Softball League starts season in South L.A.

Photo from The Natasha Watley Foundation website

Photo from The Natasha Watley Foundation website

The sixth annual Natasha Watley Softball League opens in South Los Angeles tomorrow June 5th.  Natasha Watley is a two-time Olympic  softball medalist who created by the Natasha Watley Foundation in partnership with the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks.

The league includes 180 South L.A. girls from age nine to 12 and a dozen softball teams from 10 recreation centers all in South L.A.  The Natasha Watley Foundation was established in 2008 to provide girls in underserved communities the opportunity to learn and play softball.

The opening event will be held at 6 pm at the Algin Sutton Recreation Center, 8800 S. Hoover St. in the Vermont Vista neighborhood.   The event will also include a free clinic and a special appearance by Watley.

Watley had an all-star softball career at UCLA as a four-time first-team AllAmerican and All-Pac 10 selection at shortstop.  She won a gold medal a the 2004 Olympics and a silver at the 2008 games.

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