This 8-year-old girl was told she 'shouldn't be playing baseball' and now she's owning all the haters
Ashlynn Therien is 8 years old. She loves baseball, and has been playing and practicing it better than you have since she was old enough to hold a bat.
But at the age of 7, after winning MVP honors after a regional finals game, a parent (on her own team!) said that she shouldn't be allowed to play and needs to stick to softball. At tryouts the next season, she was cut from her team.
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Legend status 😱 • Last year, Ashlynn, a 7-year old from Toronto, was awarded the MVP award from the opposing team during Regional Finals. “After the game,” said her dad, Dan, “[a parent on our team] told me that girls shouldn’t be playing baseball and that they should stick to softball. Then, at tryouts, the coach cut her from the team.” • Our response? Their loss. • In just 10 days, this 8-year old is headed to #BFANationals to join hundreds of girls from North America and abroad to do what they do best: play baseball. • “I don’t think it has ever occurred to Ashlynn that some people think that girls can’t do things that boys can do,” says Dan. • We’re right there with you, Ashlynn—and we’ve got your back 💪 • #baseballforall #borntoplay #unstoppable #girlscandoanything #girlsplaybaseballtoo #baseballplayers #girlsinbaseball #naturalathelete #divingcatch #baseballseason #travebaseball #empoweredgirls #strongfemale #supporther #sheplayswewin #girlsinthegame #letherplay #baseballtournament #thefutureisfemale #futureofbaseball 📹 @danbaseballdadof6 @jbclac
Baseball For All, an organization that promotes and supports girls playing the game of baseball, has taken notice and invited Ashlynn to its annual tournament later this month. She'll play alongside 350 girls from around the world in the largest all-female tournament in the country.
Good luck to the girls who have to face her. May she continue owning anybody who ever defies her.
Matt Monagan writes at night for Cut4. In his spare time, he travels and searches Twitter for Wily Mo Pena news.