JANESVILLE — It will be a spring training trip like no other as the Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton girls softball team will head to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida in 2020 to participate in spring training camp.

Head coach Megan Christopher helped put together the trip through an advertising email that jump started the whole process. Christopher has a heavy softball background as she played at the University of Missouri and competed in the Women’s College World Series three out of her four years. In her senior year she received the Big 12 Defensive Player of The Year award.

Christopher initially brought up the idea of the trip to her assistant coach Tori who said that this trip was one of her favorite experiences in high school which helped motivate Christopher to pursue the idea. The school board officially approved the trip earlier this fall but the team has been fundraising nonetheless throughout the summer months.

“We are going to try our best to fund raise as much as we can to support families. This summer the girls did field maintenance and worked score boards for local tournaments. This fall the team will be present at all the football games and the homecoming volleyball game. We will be doing a 50/50 raffle as well as raffling some items like meat and bean bag boards. Also, there will be some halftime activities put on by the softball team. We will be selling rotatory roses as well,” coach Megan Christopher said. “Keep an eye out for what restaurant we will be working in Mankato. Come dine and part of your check will go to the team. The team is also having a Halloween-themed dinner.”

Christopher jokes that what she is most looking forward to with this trip is a tie between being in temperature above freezing for four days in March and being able to expose the team to a magnitude of opportunities at Disney World.

The team this year will have eight seniors and a group of returning girls to fill out the roster. Christopher wants to put emphasis on focusing on the fundamentals of the game and she also looks at the opportunity of becoming a better coach and leader herself.

“I look forward seeing how this incredible group of student-athletes challenge me and themselves on this journey and may the destination be a reflection of that,” Christopher said.

You can find continuous updates on the team and their fund raising efforts on the JWP Facebook page. Local residents can also send a donation to the JWP softball team addressed o the high school any time before March 15 as well.

Reach Sports reporter Shafin Khan at 507-835-4283.

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