Softball Legend and U.S. Olympian Cat Osterman Joins Local Nonprofit to Develop Next Generation of Softball Players
Austin, Texas – Softball legend and three-time Olympic medalist Cat Osterman is retiring from the game and entering into a new season by joining the staff of local nonprofit, RBI Austin.
“I’ve always had a passion to invest in younger athletes, coaching and mentoring. I’ve also had a passion to give more to RBI Austin, so I am very excited to be able to do that as I end my own playing career,” said Osterman.
“I joined RBI Austin in 2013, and have witnessed all it provides to engage and develop inner-city Austin youth. To come on staff, and be able to build on that for the softball athletes specifically, it lights my soul on fire. I cannot wait to see how far we can take RBI Austin Softball.”
With the support of the Moody Foundation and Athletes Unlimited, the Cat Osterman Softball Academy powered by RBI Austin will launch in Fall 2021 to provide year-round softball training, academic support, mentorship, and leadership development for middle and high school girls. The program will facilitate closing the athletic and education opportunity gaps for girls in low-income homes, who are half as likely to play a team sport than their more affluent peers (Aspen Institute).
Olympic Cleat Auction
To get the momentum going, Cat is donating her cleats from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to raise money for RBI Austin kids.
By placing a bid for her autographed cleats, you can win a special piece of sports history while also investing in the lives of underserved Austin youth.
The auction starts this Thursday, August 19 at 9 a.m. and ends on Wednesday, August 25 at 3 p.m. For more information and to participate, www.betterunite.com/osterman.
If you’d like to donate to the inaugural Cat Osterman Softball Academy, you can do so at www.rbiaustin.org/give.
About RBI Austin – Beginning as a grassroots summer baseball team of 15 East Austin kids in 2009, RBI Austin has grown to 1,295 kids ages 4-18 in 2020. RBI Austin became an affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program in 2011. RBI Austin serves over 1,200 inner-city boys and girls through affordable baseball and softball leagues, family benevolence services, and year-round mentoring.