Justine Siegal Building Girls Baseball Across America
We wrote about boarding school alumna Justine Siegal back in February when she became the first woman to throw batting practice for a Major League Baseball team- Cleveland Indians.
She’s since thrown BP for the Tampa Bay Rays, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, Houston Astros, and New York Mets.
Throwing BP isn’t what she does though. She loves baseball. As executive director of Baseball for All, she serves as the de facto ambassador, voice for, women in, and advocate for girls who want to play the game.
For years, she’s been powerhouse traveling, playing, and promoting women’s baseball. She sees baseball as singular door able to open a girl’s mind to a multitude of possibilities.
“My dream is to see girls baseball leagues all across the country. My mission is simple. If you tell a girl she cannot play baseball, what else will she believe she cannot do? But if you tell a girl she can play baseball, what else will she then believe she can do?”
Siegal’s efforts have now found reward, and support, in a relationship with LockerDome. Looking to grow beyond her grass roots one-woman ambassadorship of the game, Siegal is bringing the power of on-line networking to cultivate and grow women’s basball.
The Baseball For All Network
Right now girls baseball across the U.S. lives in local pockets, Siegal and LockerDome want to knit these packets into a girls baseball fabric for America. Siegal and LockerDome will partner to build The Baseball For All Network an on-line network dedicated to stitching together America’s baseball playing girls.
“Over 100,000 girls in the United States play baseball. We want to connect them all,” explained Siegal.
LockerDome’s Gabe Lozano explains how he, and LockerDome, connected with Siegal:
“Back in January, we were approached by Justine at a national baseball conference. What caught our attention was her sheer passion for the game of baseball. She told us all about her efforts to promote girls baseball through the non-profit organization she started, Baseball For All. We were blown away and decided to help.
I had no idea there were over 100,000 girls that played baseball in the U.S. I doubt the majority of the girls playing baseball know that there are so many. Connecting these girls is the next step in growing the movement beyond a local level.”
Siegal and LockerDome envision the Baseball For All Network as the hub for players to be recruited for local and regional girls baseball teams.
In terms of building and solidifying a national girls baseball fabric, LockerDome will connect the Baseball For All Network to its other baseball networks nationwide, providing an avenue for the girls’ profiles to receive national exposure right alongside the best amateur baseball players in the United States.
“We expect the Baseball For All Network to become a key tool in the evolution of girls baseball,” declares Siegal.