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Olympic Gold Medalist Michele Smith to be Featured at Series of Little League Softball Clinics for Adults

Michele Smith talks clinic attendees through a drill.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Nov. 16, 2004) – Little League Baseball and Softball will team up with USA Softball Olympic gold medalist Michele Smith for a series of clinics in the coming year, to be sponsored by Musco Sports Lighting, the official sports lighting system of Little League.

Each of Little League’s five regional centers in the United States will host these one-day events that are open to all Little League managers, coaches, and league officials. Ms. Smith’s program will offer training tips, skills and drills, and insight on how to improve a local league’s softball program.

A heralded pitcher for the U.S. Olympic Softball Team, Ms. Smith helped Team USA to back-to-back gold medals in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She also was a member of the 2002 U.S. national team that won gold at the U.S., and Canada Cups, and the International Softball Federation (ISF) world championships.

“Michele Smith is an admired ambassador for the sport of softball and a long-time supporter of Little League,” said Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer for Little League Baseball and Softball. “Ms. Smith’s success on the field and willingness to share her experiences through Little League’s clinics is a rich resource for managers and coaches who strive to provide the best direction possible to their players and league. We also want to thank our partners at Musco Sports Lighting for helping to support these worthwhile clinics.”

The first clinic will be conducted at the Eastern Region Headquarters in Bristol, Conn., on Jan. 8, 2005. The other softball clinic sites and dates are: Southern Region - St. Petersburg, Fla., Jan. 22; Southwest Region - Waco, Texas, Jan. 29; Western Region - San Bernardino, Calif., Feb. 19; Central Region - Indianapolis, March 5.

Each clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an admission fee of $25. More information can be found at  www.littleleague.org/clinics/index.asp.

Brochures for each of the clinic sessions can be downloaded (in Adobe Acrobat format) at the links below:

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