Olivia Daniel, nfca diversity scholarship, nfca, nfca scholarships, Hillside High School

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The NFCA is pleased to announce Olivia Daniel as the 2022 recipient of the Association’s Diversity Scholarship. Daniel is an assistant coach at Hillside High School (N.C.) and also coaches a 16U travel ball team in the All-American Fast Pitch (AAFP) organization.

The Diversity Scholarship is awarded to a minority member coach who shows a commitment to working with minorities, growing the game of fastpitch in their community and has a need for financial assistance to attend the Convention.

Recipients receive funding to attend the 2022 NFCA National Convention, Dec. 7-10 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa, where they can fill their softball bucket by attending numerous educational sessions, business meetings and social events, perusing the Exhibit Show and networking with fellow Convention attendees.

Daniel joined Hillside, which is located in a predominantly minority community, for the 2021-22 season and coaches in a softball program made up of either black or Hispanic student-athletes. Along with her coaching duties, Daniel runs a number of clinics and camps on weekends, focused on defense, batting and pitching. 

Not only does Daniel teach her travel team the basics of softball, she is a mentor to the young girls,  providing them experience and development beyond high school so they may succeed on and off the field. This is all part of the AAFP stated goal of developing minority players to reach the skill level needed to play in college. 

“It allows minority girls to pursue opportunities to play, get a college education and learn life lessons through the sport, along with the self-esteem gained through learning the relationship between hard work and accomplishment. In addition, it provides the possibility of a career in softball and athletics.” Olivia’s father Dennis Daniel on the importance of the NFCA creating opportunities for minority girls in fastpitch.

Daniel is a 2021 graduate of North Carolina Central University, a Division I program in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), and earned both All-Conference and All-Academic honors in her three seasons with the Eagles. According to Dennis, Olivia has used her playing and educational experience at both a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) and a Predominantly White Institution (PWI) to help mold relationships to support the camps, teams and players she is focused on developing.

With the opportunity to attend the 2022 Convention, Daniel will be afforded the chance to continue developing relationships with coaches from around the country, learn skills and approaches from the best of the best and then transfer what she has learned to the student-athletes at Hillside and AAFP.

It will also allow her to connect with and gain advice from other minority coaches and allies who understand the game is better when all have a chance to develop to their full potential and contribute to a broader set of athletes.

Daniel will be recognized on Thursday, Dec. 8 during the Convention’s annual mentoring workshop.

The NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) is the professional organization for fastpitch softball coaches. Known for its highly-regarded coaches scholarship program, the NFCA also educates and supports softball coaches on a variety of different levels: from webinars to legal counsel, to in-person events and the National Convention

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