CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston softball team furthered its involvement in the community with a free clinic for young softball players at Patriots Point on Tuesday evening.
CofC coaches and players worked with the young athletes aged seven to 13 on the fundamentals and skills of the game. They worked on hitting mechanics as well as defensive drills for all positions on the field.
“It was great to work with the softball youth of Charleston,” said Carly Hansis, a freshman on the CofC team. “Extending our knowledge and love of the game was very rewarding.”
The clinic extended beyond what the players could demonstrate on the softball field as well. The players and coaches had the opportunity to serve as role models for the young athletes and instill life lessons such as the value of education and healthy community involvement.
"This is a great opportunity for our program to give back to the community by teaching the game we love,” said head coach Shelly Hoerner. “The girls were so energetic and willing to learn new techniques. In such a short time, we saw the girls improving so much. We had a blast and hopefully made a difference in these young girls’ lives. "
The Cougars teamed with the North Charleston Parks and Recreation Department and former CofC standout Katie Nutaitis to put on the clinic. Nutaitis, now Assistant Athletic Director for the City of North Charleston, puts on the free clinic called Tuesday Thunder every Tuesday night to bolster softball involvement in the area.
“Tonight ‘Tuesday Thunder’ got to experience something very special,” said Nutaitis. “They were able to be a part of CofC softball and learn the fundamentals of the game. The girls couldn’t have had a better experience learning from the College coaches and players. The North Charleston Recreation Department couldn’t be more thankful for this opportunity.”