Take FIVE with Amanda Chidester of USA Softball
exciting to watch our children excel at the sports they love. Working hard
toward a personal best or perfecting a specific technique are critical to
success, but let’s also remember that playing multiple sports can be
tremendously beneficial in the long run – and a lot of fun for our kids.
out from just one sport offers youth athletes both physical and mental
benefits, from enhancing current skills to learning to appreciate the new
skills required by a different sport.
Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports sat down with USA
Softball standout Amanda Chidester to get her thoughts on playing multiple
our exclusive TAKE 5 interview, Amanda told us that
growing up, she played not just softball, but also volleyball and basketball.
In fact, basketball was once her favorite sport.
started playing all three sports in fifth grade,” remembered Amanda. “In middle
school, I played travel basketball and softball. I loved basketball! All I
wanted to do in middle school was play basketball.”
Amanda said that playing three different sports helped
her not only stay in shape, but also use and build “different and new sets of
muscles.” Additionally, her cross-training experience provided Amanda with new
opportunities for friendships, travel, learning and growing – both as an
athlete and as a person.
loved having a new challenge with teammates and the game,” said Amanda. “The
mental game was a challenge in all sports. It kept me learning all year round –
learning in different ways.”
Amanda also shared
of how, when and why she decided to specialize in softball in this exclusive
interview. She added that she still retains a love for basketball, and still
plays a good bit on the side.
important to enjoy other sports and let your competitive side out,” said
Amanda. “When I’m done with softball, I’m looking forward to doing more outdoor
sports that I have never tried.”
read the full TAKE 5 interview with Amanda, visit ResponsibleSports.com. And come back next
month for another exclusive TAKE 5 interview!
At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we
constantly look for ways to celebrate the countless acts of responsibility and
integrity shown by people every day. We created Responsible Sports, powered by Positive Coaching Alliance, as part of this belief to help ensure that our kids
experience the best that sports have to offer in environments that promote and
display good sportsmanship. We believe kids can learn valuable life lessons
when coaches and parents come together to support winning on and off the field.
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