May 08, 2017 — St. George, UT — The Leisure Services Department for the City of Saint George today announced that 3-time Olympian Gold Medalist with USA Softball, Leah Amico, will participate in a Youth Clinic with NJCAA athletes on in advance of the 2017 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Softball National Championship Tournament. The Clinic takes place at the Canyons Complex in St. George. Amico also will be the guest speaker at the welcome banquet for the teams participating in the Tournament, which, once again, returns to Saint George for the ninth time. The Tournament takes place from May 17th through May 20th, 2017 and includes the championship team of the Scenic West Athletic Conference.
The Youth Clinic experience provides local female athletes with a unique opportunity to learn from an Olympic champion and highly skilled college athletes. The emphasis is on giving any young athlete in the Washington County community an affordable way to participate.. For the $5.00 registration, participants also receive an All Tournament ticket as well as a sports card autographed by Leah Amico.
“Amico’s achievements are legendary within the softball community, and we are fortunate that she was available to help young female athletes in our community expand their skills and to give inspirational guidance to the remarkable members of the NJCAA teams participating in the Tournament,” said Steve Bingham, NJCAA Tournament Director and Manager of the Saint George Recreation Division.
“I think one of the best messages that we can give to young athletes is beyond the value of what they are doing in their athletic careers and with their talents now,” said Amico. “At the NJCAA Tournament, the players need to be in the moment. But the fans, the young girls (and even the boys) who come to watch and come to learn, can also come to understand that while they need to play as well, they also need to enjoy the experience.”
Amico noted that young athletes can learn that the skills they gain from teamwork and sportsmanship are life skills and the beginning of their journey in life.
“My hope is that when parents bring their children to an event such as the NJCAA Tournament, with the clinics and home run derby, the youngsters become inspired. When they see teams working together, they realize that it does not matter how different they are, what economic backgrounds they come from, what ethnic or religious groups they belong to, what position they play. All differences are put aside so that they can put forward the best performance possible,” remarked Amico.
Apart from her achievements on the 1996, 2000 and 2004 USA Softball Olympic teams, Amico is a 3- time NCAA National Champion at the University of Arizona, 3-time First-Team NFCA All-American, and NCAA National Champion at the University of Arizona Softball program. She holds the Women’s College World Series Record for batting average in a single tournament, hitting .750 (9 for 12) in 1994.
“These honors are just a few in Leah’s athletic career,” noted Bingham. “She is truly an inspirational figure who has chosen to share her knowledge and love for humanity through her sport and, indeed, as an example in the way she lives her life.”
Also at the Canyons on Monday will be a Home Run Derby beginning at sgcityrec.org or by calling 627-4560. Questions should be directed to Brandon Evanson at firstname.lastname@example.org. for female softball players from grades 8 through 12 immediately followed by the college Home Run Derby with a player from each team participating. Local youth interested in participating in the clinic or home run derby can sign up at
“The Tournament, Home Run Derbies and clinic provide local athletes, interested in playing at the collegiate level, an opportunity to observe and learn the techniques and high caliber competition of these highly skilled athletes,” Bingham continued.
A banquet will be held at The Dixie State University Gardner Center on Tuesday, May 16 at 7:00 P.M. to welcome all of the teams. Discounted Tickets are available for Washington County residents for the Tournament and the banquet and must be purchased at St. George City Recreation Center by phone (627-4560) or in person prior to May 13th. Resident All-Tournament tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. At the gate, All-Tournament Tickets for adults are $45, youth are $30. Single day tickets are $20 and $13 respectively so we encourage Washington County Residents to purchase their tickets prior to May 13th.