Former USA Softball Olympians headline Champions Festival

By Steven Embree | Aug. 16, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

TAMPA, Fla. – The third Annual Champions Festival™ is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at The Dome in Rosemont, Ill. The three-hour event will begin at 12 p.m. central time. The 2013 Championship Festival will include USA Olympians Monica Abbott, Crystl Bustos, Andrea Duran, Lori Harrigan-Mack, Kelly Kretschman, Lauren Lappin, Caitlin Lowe, Cat Osterman, and Natasha Watley, 2013 NCAA National Champions Keilani Ricketts, Jessica Schults, and Michelle Gasciogne, as well as, former USA Olympic Assistant Coach Margie Wright, Cindy Bristow, and Sue Enquist.

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The Festival is supported by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and ASA/USA Softball.

Champions Festival™ was developed by Sue Enquist, former UCLA player and head coach, 11-time National Champion and former USA National Team coach and player. The Festival is directed by former ASA National JO Director Cindy Bristow, and business executive Robin Pokoj, both from Softball Excellence.

“The Champions Festival™ is your gateway to creating your own Champions mindset,” said Bristow. “Learn from Olympic and NCAA champions how to think, act, and play like a champion!”

Features of the Champions Festival™ include a Champions’ Toolbox: mental toughness, technical softball instruction, and nutrition. This year’s curriculum will include specific recruit education for the player, parent, and coach.

“We want to recalibrate how the softball player views competition,” said Enquist. “It’s about committing to the Champion’s Declaration that shapes your actions day to day. The player, her parents and youth coaches will leave with a clear road map for excellence and have a lot of fun in the process!”

The inaugural Champions Festival™ took place on June 6, 2011, in conjunction with the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. The Champions Festival is an indoor leadership, softball instruction, and recruit education event for the parent, player, and coach of all ages.