May 28, 2003
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech softball assistant coach Venus Taylor, who recently completed her first season with the Jackets, will spend this summer as a part of the 2003 National Pro Fastpitch All-Star Tour, which includes exhibition games, clinics and promotional activities at Major League Baseball stadiums.
The aim of this 17-city tour is to promote interest in the summer 2004 launch of National Pro Fastpitch play. The league has operated since 1997 under two different names, and Taylor was a member of the Carolina Diamonds (1997-98) and Tampa Bay FireStix (1999-2000). She was a two-time all-star and helped Tampa Bay to a league title in ’99.
The Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in women’s fastpitch, National Pro Fastpitch will coordinate tour activities with 12 Major League Baseball Clubs, including the Atlanta Braves. The All-Stars will appear at a number of Major League ballparks, sign autographs after baseball games and participate in special promotions geared toward girls and women.
After training in Sacramento, Calif., the tour kicks off in San Francisco on June 8. Taylor and her teammates will be in Atlanta on July 5 and Duluth on July 7. The All-Stars will also make a stop in Chicago for Major League Baseball All-Star Week, July 11-15.
Taylor, who serves as Tech’s outfield coach, was an important part of the Jackets successful 2003 season, which culminated in a second consecutive trip to NCAA Regional play, a program first.