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Female baseball pioneer Croteau to be guest speaker of empowerment event Thursday

March 3, 2021 | 12:07 am

Updated March 2, 2021 | 11:40 pm

Julie Croteau | Photo provided

Julie Croteau, the first female to play and coach in NCAA men’s baseball, is the featured guest for the fourth annual Girls Empowerment Trail Blazer virtual event hosted by Owensboro Community & Technical College.

The virtual event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held via Zoom (register here).

“We originally designed this as an event to highlight women in alternative careers,” Mike Rodgers, OCTC’s Chief Institutional Officer, said previously. “It has developed into a really inspirational experience and even though we will be virtual this year, we did not want to pass up the opportunity for our young ladies to hear from Julie Croteau.”

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Croteau played Women’s Major League Baseball for the Colorado Silver Bullets, and her glove and photo are on permanent display at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Croteau’s other notable achievements include: an appearance in “A League of Their Own;” coach of the U.S. Women’s National Baseball Team; winning a gold medal at the World Cup in Canada in 2004; and managing the U.S. Women’s National Team than won the gold medal at the World Cup in Taiwan in 2006.

She is currently serving as Director of Communications for BeWell at Stanford University.

Featured past guests of the Trail Blazer event include Ashley Parlett, a NASCAR mechanic; Nikki Eplion-Bryant, a world championship boxing titlist; and Katrina Kidd, host of Texas Flip & Move, contractor, and restauranteur.

The free event is sponsored by the OCTC Foundation, Inc., the Kentucky Business & Professional Women’s Foundation, the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, and the Hopkins County Business & Professional Women.

March 3, 2021 | 12:07 am

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