Natasha Watley – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

Natasha Watley – Nominee for Humanitarian of the Year

By Erik Erlendsson

Natasha Watley always knew she was a softball player. What she didn’t realize was that young girls looked up to her as a role model.

Now, she serves as a mentor.

After conducting softball clinics and seeing how the girls reacted and responded to Watley, she was inspired to launch the Natasha Watley Foundation. While softball is the platform for Watley to deliver her message, it’s the Four Points of the Diamond that serve as the core values of the foundation – discipline, dedication, dignity and duty.

Watley aims to introduce the game of softball to girls under the age of 16 who may not have the means to play, teaching them the fundamentals of the game while instilling confidence through after-school and weekend programs that include instruction, practice, league play and sports-mentoring workshops. The program aims to provide a positive alternative to the daily struggles faced by many girls in low-income areas.

A native of Irvine, California, Watley was a four-time All American at UCLA finishing her career with a .450 batting average, 15 home runs, 135 RBI and 158 stolen bases. She was inducted in to the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

After college Watley was a star on the USA National Team, winning a gold medal in 2004 and a silver in 2008.

You can support your favorite nominee in this campaign by favoriting, donating, tweeting and joining his/her team with a chance to be recognized as one of his/her top supporters.  Starting Friday, June 9, you can also come back daily to “Boost” your favorite nominee.  Fans receive points for joining a team, donating, tweeting, boosting or responding to “ do-gooder challenges”.

The direct link to Natasha’s page is https://asu.givkwik.com/NatashaWatley

About the award: Started in 2013 by Alan Pavlosky and Scott Manthorne, Co-Founders of All Sports United, the Most Valuable Philanthropist seeks to recognize the effort of deserving sports philanthropists each year and bring positive news while highlighting the amazing charitable work of many in the sports community.  The winner of the award will receive $10,000 to his or her charity of choice.  The campaign is supported by technology partners Givkwik and xocial.  Each of the partners plays a crucial role in executing the campaign.  Special Thanks to All Sports United Supporter Jeff Tutor for his contributions to the campaign.

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