Voorhees Stars Softball Players Visit Two-Time Olympic Champion for Charity

On September 23, Hunterdon County’s most decorated Olympic Champion donated her time for a softball clinic sponsored by Go 4 the Goal charity. The fundraiser softball clinic was held at the Glover Field softball complex in Glendora, N.J.  The clinic was attended by players from the Voorhees Stars 12U travel softball team, and raised money for pediatric cancer. Michele Smith, a 1985 graduate of Voorhees High School in Glen Gardner, was a three sport athlete in field hockey, basketball and softball. Michele boasted a 46-6 record at Voorhees and was selected to the All-State softball Team for 3 years. She compiled an 82-20 record at Oklahoma State University with a .343 batting average. The pinnacle of Michele’s career was winning the Gold Medal for the U.S. Softball Teams as the starting pitcher in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She played professional softball in Japan from 1993 until her retirement in 2008, leading her team to 8 Japan League Championships. Michele now spends her time working as a television analyst for ESPN covering softball games all over the world.

Michele has an impressive track record over many years running softball clinics and camps for Go 4 the Goal, and hopes to hold a future clinic in her native Hunterdon County next fall. Go 4 the Goal improves the lives of children battling cancer by providing financial support, developing and implementing unique hospital programs, funding innovative research, and granting personal wishes. In 2017 alone, over 15,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer, and involving 40,000 families across the United States. For more information, check out http://www.go4thegoal.org/