Jennie Finch, a College World Series champion, two-time Olympic medalist and National Softball Hall of Fame inductee, is one of the greatest softball players of all time.
In 2019, Finch partnered with Arm & Hammer to create the Jennie Finch Empowerment Award to award four young female athletes every year as a “way of recognizing outstanding softball players from around the country who demonstrate the virtues of an athlete, scholar, and humanitarian on and off the field.” It primarily focuses on six pillars: commitment, leadership, dedication, integrity, humility and motivation. Since 2019, Arm & Hammer has contributed more than $150,000 to MLB’s youth softball community and is continuing to support young women later this summer and beyond.
The winners are selected by an MLB-led blue-ribbon panel, headlined by Finch. In addition to receiving $10,000 scholarships, these athletes have been able to participate in annual MLB-led softball events, such as the Softball Breakthrough Series, Jennie Finch All-Star Classic, Elite Development Invitational and the RBI World Series. They also are recognized during pregame festivities at the World Series.
In celebration of World Softball Day and five years of the Jennie Finch Empowerment Award, USA Softball Hall of Famer and Olympian Jennie Finch sat down alongside Rawlings Gold Glove Winner and professional softball player A.J. Andrews to talk with past recipients on how this recognition has impacted them, both on and off the softball diamond.
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