HILLSBORO Ore. (KPTV) – Hillsboro Hops is doing something new this year! 100 girls gather at Ron Tonkin Field for Hops’ first free girls clinic for kids ages 6 to 12 Did.
The theme for the Hopps vs. Spokane Indians is “Women In Sports” night. What better way than to help the young girls in town hone their skills? The goal is to foster a love of games and inspire girls to do anything.
“Part of what we are doing here today is representing women across sport and making sure there are no limits to what women can do,” said Jen Anderson, VP of People & Culture at Hops. says.
We also have special guest Ila Borders for inspiration. Cornelius Fire’s fire captain and paramedic. She is also the first woman to pitch and win a professional baseball game.
“I see people like Hillsboro Hopps leading the way and the twins have done a great job of bringing more women here and showing that things are possible. This is baseball and we’re getting more women here, but it also shows that the opportunities are endless,” says Borders.
11-year-old Adelene Stewart said, “It’s a lot of fun, but I play competitive softball and feel like I should be more competitive.” “But they make fun games out of it.”
Many girls say they are thrilled to be on the field where Hopps plays.
“I went to see them play a few weeks ago and it was really fun. I really enjoyed it. I’m really excited to see them,” says 11-year-old Kelsey.
Anderson says she hopes that having people like Borders teach young girls will help them dream a little bigger.
“I’d love to go to a big college like Oklahoma,” says Stewart.
Mr. and Mrs. Hopp want to start a girls’ camp every year. Hopes will host the Indians Wednesday from 7:05 pm to Sunday.
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