Softball Stars giving back to communnity

By Nick James - bio | email

LUFKIN- (KTRE) –Four college softball players coaching kids up is how they give back to the game they love.  Angelina College assistant softball coach Heather Whitcomb and her cronies are running a softball skills camp at Bud Maddux Baseball/Softball Academy in Lufkin.

Whitcomb, a former college softball player at Central Missouri teaches kid's fundamentals and skills that 45 youngsters can use throughout their careers.  Also on board helping with coaching and instruction are former Huntington star pitcher Anna Whiddon who just completed a stellar four year career at Oklahoma State University.  Jessica Tullos, former Lufkin softball star and earned a scholarship after walking on and just pulverized the ball in her career with the ladyjacks and now is the assistant softball coach at Lufkin High School.  Rachel Adams, former college teammate at Central Missouri with Whitcomb who had a sensational college career came to volunteer her time driving in from St Louis, Missouri to support the cause and help the kids learn a thing or two on the diamond.

"Along with instructors that are here with me this is what we live for.   You know their is young ladies here that have dream and desires to go on and play college ball and that's why we are here working with them to help them get to the next level to achieve their dreams and do the things that they want to do we try to let them know that anything is possible you just have to put a little bit of hard work into it and work for what you want," Whitcomb said.

"Home for the summer working with some of the kids trying to help them get to the next level like I went to here at the camp working with the kids on defense and hitting and trying to help the kids learn about softball and have fun out here that's what we are doing," Whiddon said.

Whitcomb believes that the tutelage the girls receive can help them throughout their careers.

"It's beneficial for them and their school ball teams and summer ball teams because they are learning things the right way," Whitcomb said.

It's all about the kids and the former stars on the diamond want to make sure they succeed and let them know that diamonds are a girl's best friend.

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