In the Swing of Teaching
Jessica Mendoza flashed a wide grin.
Studying a younger softball player’s swing, Mendoza stepped in and gave an example of a proper swing. The lesson learned, Mendoza floated from station to station, giving advice and providing motivation.
The Olympic gold medalist returned to her roots this week and is teaching a new, eager generation of softball players through the Nuveman/Mendoza Clinic Experience.
“I’ve been on the road forever, but I love it,” Mendoza said. “I’m reaching thousands of kids a year and I love it.”
The two-day clinic, held at Moorpark High, is the first the Camarillo resident has held within Ventura County and more than 50 kids are participating. Mendoza has already helped in clinics this month in Baltimore, New York, Tampa, Fla., and Las Vegas.
“For me growing up here, being raised here, I always felt like we always had to go to Orange County, go out of state — that’s where everyone goes — but for these kids, there’s so much talent here and everyone always ignores Ventura County,” Mendoza said. “To me, this is where my pride is, this is where my home is and I just wanted to bring the knowledge here.”