Game On! Sports Girl Talk Interviews Pro Pitcher Meagan Denny-White

Game On! Sports Girl Talk had the privilege of interviewing Chicago Bandit Meagan Denny-White. Before getting to the Q&A, here is brief look at Meagan’s bio.

Meagan Denny-White is in her first season with the Bandits. She attended the University of Texas from 2004-2008, where she pitched her way into the record books. Denny-White currently ranks fourth all-time at Texas with a 1.21 ERA, third all-time with 3 no hitters and second in the following areas; innings pitched (689.1), appearances (138), games started (116), complete games (67), wins (69), shutouts (27), strikeouts (988).

After college, Meagan joined the Pro Fastpitch Xtreme Tour from 2008-2011. In 2009 she was named the PFX Pitcher of the Year. Her most recent accomplishment came in the summer of 2011 as a member of the California A’s. Playing at the Canadian International Open in White Rock, British Columbia, Denny-White broke the tournament strikeout record with 78 strikeouts, and was named Most Outstanding Pitcher.

Originally from Crowley, Texas, Meagan was the first member of her family to attend college. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Corporate Communications.

Also noteworthy, in April of 2004, Sports Illustrated on Campus named Denny-White the “Next, Next Big Thing” in college softball. And we would be remiss if we left out the fact that In high school, she was voted “Miss Crowley High” by her classmates and teachers.

 

INTERVIEW SESSION

Q. When were you first introduced to the sport of softball?

–       I was 9 years old when my neighbor asked me if I wanted to be on her team because they did not have enough players.

Q. What made you fall in love with softball as opposed to other activities/sports that you were involved in?

-I was really good. I was always real athletic and good at all the sports, but softball was the one sport that I was the best at. This made me feel good about myself. I wanted to see where it would take me.

Q. Growing up, what were some other activities/sports in which you participated that helped shape you as a softball player and an athlete?

–       I did cross country mainly to stay in shape. I wasn’t a huge asset to the team. I only tried volleyball because the coaches talked me into it. I could not jump, so I didn’t really contribute there. I did basketball also to just stay in shape. I was really tall so I was pretty valuable. I also threw the shot up and discus in track. I was very strong so I was really good at the shot. This kept my arm strong for softball. And believe it or not, I was a cheerleader freshman year.  I’m not going to lie, I mainly did this for the social reasons but it did keep me flexible, which is good for any athlete to be flexible. After my freshman year I just focused on softball.

Q. Who were some of your role models growing up and why?

–       Lisa Fernandez was a big role model for me. I wanted to be the best, just like her. I did everything she did.

Q. What is your favorite thing about getting to play in the NPF?

–       Playing on the professional level is every athletes dream. This is an opportunity that only a few people will get to experience. Traveling, playing the sport you love at the highest level, meeting your teammates who will be your lifelong friends and having the chance to change someone’s life is a wonderful honor and a huge blessing.

Q. What sort of workout routine do you use to prepare for the season?

–       I do some sort of cardio everyday to keep up my endurance. I lift weights 2-3 times a week. I pitch 3-4 days a week and I do yoga periodically to stay flexible and help control my focus.

Q. What do you do before a game to either pump yourself up, or mentally prepare?

–       I love to go through a proper warm up at my own pace which takes about 30 minutes. I don’t like to warm up for too long because it makes me think too much. I like to keep things simple. And I love to listen to any AC/DC song to pump me up. Thunderstruck is my favorite.

Q. What is your favorite memory from your years playing softball?

–       My favorite memory happened just recently. I was a part of the FCA softball All Star team when we played against the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team in Jan 2012 in a slowpitch game. Taking the field with our heroes was the greatest honor of my career

Q. Do you have any advice for young girls who dream of playing pro softball someday?

–       You have to be willing to work harder than anyone. Make sacrifices that no one else is willing to make. There are a lot of girls who want to play pro. What makes you stand out from all the others? Why should the pro team take you and not another girl who really wants it? Ask yourself these questions and get to work. No Excuses!! Believe in yourself!!

GAME ON! SPORTS GIRL TALK EXTENDS A HUGE THANKS TO MEAGAN AND LOOKS FORWARD TO CHEERING HER AND THE WHOLE BANDITS TEAM ON THIS COMING SEASON.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Barb Lazarus is the owner and founder of Game On! Sports Camps 4 Girls, multi-week summer sports day and overnight camps just for girls. (www.gameonsportscamp.com) With a mission that includes empowerment through exposure to and development in a multitude of sports, girls of all athletic abilities, grades preschool through 10th, experience hours of pure fun with the opportunity to grow as an athlete and a person.

Barb graduated with a B.A. from the University of Michigan (1982) and a J.D. from Loyola School of Law (1985), after which she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago office. She went on to grow her own thriving media relations business for over 12 years before shedding her corporate clothing to pursue her dream – Game On!  – and the chance to give back to girls sports. Barb is also the author of Game On! Sports Girl Talk, www.gameonsportscamp.com/blog, a blog addressing issues relating to the participation of young girls in sports and fitness, and a proud partner of the Women Talk Sports Network and Pretty Tough Media.

Barb is the proud mother of two, a lifelong athlete, and just plain passionate about sports & fitness for young girls as well as contributing to the fan base of women’s pro and collegiate sports.

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