Olympian Crystl Bustos to Attend Urban Initiative Jamboree in Stockton, Calif.
One of the most recognizable names in United States softball, three-time Olympian Crystl Bustos, will be a special guest at the Urban Initiative Northern California Jamboree in May. The event, which will feature Little League Softball teams, will be held May 20-22 in Stockton, Calif., and is one of seven jamborees across the country that is part of Little League Baseball and Softball’s Urban Initiative.
“The opportunity to have a player with the stature and accomplishments of Crystl Bustos is a big boost for our event,” Demiko Ervin, Little League’s Director of the Urban Initiative, said. “She understands the importance youth activities have in the growth of a child. Her attendance will provide a platform for our participants to hear and learn from one of the best softball players this country has ever produced.”
Ms. Bustos, a Canyon Country, Calif., native, and graduate of the Canyon Country Little League, is retired after completing a career in which she was an integral member of three U.S. Olympic teams that captured two Gold Medals (2000 and 2004) and a Silver Medal (2008).
The shortstop/designated player set Olympic records in 2008, scoring 12 runs in the tournament while hitting six home runs and driving in 10 runs. At the conclusion of 2008, she was named the Softball Player of the Year by USA Softball.
In addition to the Olympic titles she has earned, she was an important part of teams that have won two World Cups (2006 and 2007), three Pan American Games Gold Medals (1999, 2003, and 2007), one Women’s World Championship Gold Medal and one National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) title.
As a player who came up through the youth softball system, Ms. Bustos is continually giving back as a much sought-after clinician and speaker across the country as a part of her GotBustos?LLC Sports Training. She also sponsors several youth softball teams in California and Ohio, helping youth softball players improve their game.
Ms. Bustos will speak to players and coaches during a luncheon that is part of the Jamboree on May 21.
The Northern California Jamboree, hosted by Stockton Eastern Little League, is the first softball event in Urban Initiative Jamboree history. More than 130 Major Division (9-12-year-olds) softball players will participate in the three-day event.
Little League’s Urban Initiative began in 1999 with programs in Los Angeles, Calif., and Harlem, N.Y. Since then it has expanded to more than 200 leagues in 85 cities across the United States and participated in more than 30 renovation/field development projects. The Urban Initiative program has stimulated the participation of 3,901 teams and approximately 51,000 players since its inception.
The program’s main goal is to bring the benefits of Little League Baseball and Softball to boys and girls in urban neighborhoods with the jamborees allowing those same players the opportunity to participate in a tournament setting.
Ms. Bustos holds Olympic records for runs scored (12); home runs (6); and runs batted in (6). She is a former USA Softball Player of the Year. Now retired, Ms. Bustos is a highly-respected clinician and speaker.