Oklahoma City, Okla. The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball program sent head coach Jake Schumann, designated player Margo Hurdt and pitcher Addie Tallman to the Women's College World Series recently. The players and coach were there to participate in the annual Youth Education through Sports (YES) Clinics hosted by the NCAA during the opening weekend of the Women's College World Series.
Schumann, Hurdt and Tallman helped instruct over 200 boys and girls from ages 10 to 16 in improving conditioning to enhance their athletic performance and help kids to connect and develop relationships with other local athletes. The instructors also helped teach life skills and sportsmanship to the kids, lessons that will stick with them throughout life and help them become better student-athletes in the future.
Schumann has helped work the camps before but for Hurdt and Tallman, it was a first time experience that will stick with them as they continue their college careers and beyond. The players contributed to teaching kids softball while getting to watch some of the highest level play in the game today.
"The purpose for us is two fold, it gives us a chance to give back to the softball community," said Schumann. "It also gives the players a chance to watch the World Series to get a sense of what we are playing for.
"It is the ultimate goal, the end goal of what we are trying to accomplish."
The grand scale of the World Series is something that few college softball players get to experience in a way that the two Islander players did this year. Schumann feels that it is a valuable experience for his players and is something that will be with them for the rest of their lives.
"To see that up close and personal, it is a really wowing moment when you walk into the stadium and there are 10,000 fans just cheering for their teams," said Schumann. "The whole atmosphere and experience is something that hopefully they will never forget."