“Monica is not only the best pitcher in the world, but she’s done so much for the sport and community of fastpitch. We’re honored to have Monica Abbott wearing Ringor,” said Joelle Fanger, Ringor’s Marketing Manager.
It’s with that sentiment that all of us are excited to have Monica Abbott representing Ringor!
Being the #1 pitcher in the sport and one of the most recognizable figures worldwide in softball, has gained Monica notoriety. However, it is her work ethic and effectiveness on the mound that has earned her the respect of her peers. Ask any batter “who is the last pitcher you’d want to face”, and the name Monica Abbott would immediately come to mind.
Abbott’s hard work has taken her to the Beijing Olympics, where she threw the first perfect game in Olympic history and brought home a silver medal; then to National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) where she led the league in strikeouts and E.R.A. two consecutive years, made the All NPF team the past three seasons, won two NPF Championships and two NPF Championship MVP awards, and took home Pitcher of the Year and an ESPY nomination. Since 2010, Abbott has brought her A-game to the Japan Softball League (JSL), where she earned three consecutive MVP awards and five championships. This is all on top of her NCAA career where she earned NCAA records in single season strikeouts (724), career shutouts (112) and career victories (189) at the University of Tennessee.
The 6’3″ lefty from Santa Cruz, CA has taken her talents and determination off the field, launching the Monica Abbott Scholarship Fund in 2012 which grants scholarships to two graduating high school senior student athletes each year. “Not all female athletes get scholarships nor are they fortunate enough to afford a college education,” said Abbott. “The goal of the fund is to empower female student athletes who might otherwise not get the chance to pursue their college athletic and scholastic dreams,” she added. For more information on the Monica Abbott Scholarship Fund, visit www.monicaabbott.com/scholarship.
“The opportunity to work with an athlete who means so much to the softball community on and off the field means a lot to us here at Ringor,” said Fanger. “We will support Monica’s continued growth as an ambassador to the sport around the world. When she speaks, she speaks for fastpitch softball. Whether it’s in Chicago, playing for the Bandits, or overseas in the Japan Softball League, girls look up to Monica and respect her accomplishments, attitude and drive. We are excited to have the toughest pitcher wearing the toughest cleats in fastpitch,” added Fanger.
Monica is currently lacing up her Ringor Diamond Bandits in the JSL (http://sports.gazoo.com/softball/) and will return for the start of the NPF season with the Chicago Bandits for their May 29 game against the Pennsylvania Rebellion at CONSOL Energy Park in Washington, PA. We’ll be keeping you updated on Monica wherever she’s playing, so stay tuned to softballchatter.ringor.com for all of the latest news. Want to watch her play? Look for her at all of the Chicago Bandits games this season (Full Schedule: http://www.chicagobandits.com/schedule/games/).