Girls can play baseball, too — that seems to be the message behind Major League Baseball’s newest tournament.
According to the USA Today, the MLB hosted its first “girls’ baseball tournament in conjunction with Jackie Robinson Day on April 13-15 in the Los Angeles area.”
Participating in what’s known as the Trailblazer Series, the girls were coached by lauded female baseball coaches and players, one being Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch, reports the USA Today.
USA Today says Commissioner Robert Manfred shared in a statement that the series, held in honor of Jackie Robinson, is a way of commemorating his memory by seeking to make baseball an inclusive place for all those who wish to play the game.
“MLB and USA Baseball have listened to the growing demand for girls’ and women’s baseball by launching this unprecedented event.” he said, according to the USA Today. “It is our honor to support trailblazing young women who will be outstanding representatives of their communities.”