NATASHA WATLEY FOUNDATION
The Natasha Watley Foundation is committed to diversifying the game of softball at every level through character, community, coaches, and competition while removing the barriers of gender, race, and resources to create more opportunities for girls and women to be leaders on and off the field.
WHY WE NEED NWF
I started NWF after holding numerous clinics in inner cities and I noticed that softball didn’t have high participation due to a lack of resources & exposure. Realizing how softball was such a big part of my life, which opened many doors for me, I wanted to give that back to these young girls who may not even know their potential or opportunities that exist for each of them.
The Four Points of the Diamond are NWF’s core values of discipline, dedication, dignity, and duty. The Four Points are instilled in the girls through mentoring, role modeling, and a structured curriculum that focuses on inspiring girls to become leaders of character in the community. Girls will be exposed to sportsmanship principles, team-building, and sports discipline to have impact in other aspects of their maturing process.
Softball Skill Development
Introducing the game of softball to girls age 15 and under who may have not opportunity or interest in engaging in softball previously. We help the girls learn the fundamentals of the game of softball so that they become confident in their play. Enhance& increase participants’ softball knowledge, playing skills and physical fitness by providing after school and weekend softball instruction, practice and league play, and sports-mentoring workshops.
Through softball, NWF will provide girls starting at ages 8+ with a place to participate in physical activity and to build a lifelong foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Not only is sport beneficial to physical health, but to mental health as well, providing the feeling of belonging to and contributing to a team and raising girls’ confidence in their own strength and abilities.