I’m crazy competitive, especially when it’s something I’ve worked hard at like my sports business writing or softball (which I played for 22 years). Thus, I expected to have no problem out-hitting my totally-uninterested-in-baseball boyfriend, Chadd. This weekend we had the pleasure of spending the day with the Ambassadors of L.E.A.D. and getting a little hitting instruction from founder, CJ Stewart and Jason Heyward’s father, Eugene (who kicked my butt with some tough drills).
If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you’ve read about L.E.A.D. If not, here’s the story: I have been blessed to be a part of an organization called L.E.A.D. (Launch, Expose, Advise, Direct) for the past couple of years. This group provides travel team level play to inner-city youth who would otherwise be unable to compete at an advanced level in baseball. Scholarship and community service are emphasized, with 100% of the participants during L.E.A.D.’s two years being accepted to college and over 2,000 hours of community service being performed. Since being formed in 2008, 83% of the participants in the program have gone on to earn college scholarships to play baseball while pursuing higher education.
Back to my 22-years of softball experience versus my boyfriend who doesn’t even like baseball. CJ was kind enough to send over some video of us hitting. I’m not convinced this was my best swing of the day, but I’ll concede…my boyfriend beat me.
Here’s my video:
Here’s Chadd’s video:
Seriously though, there was a linedrive I hit right back at CJ’s head (who was pitching to me), which I’m sure was better than Chadd’s swing…and look at the still shots before you watch the videos, I totally have the better batting stance, haha!
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