Kissimmee, FL– June 5, 2015- Throughout her career, Caitlin Lowe has played and excelled at every level. She has continuously given back to the game and helped paved the way for future generations both on and off the field. Lowe announced her retirement from the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) this past spring, but her legacy in the game and the USSSA organization will continue.
Lowe can now add more milestones to her illustrious career as she continues to raise the bar for all female athletes.
Lowe will become the first female professional athlete to be named a USSSA Hall of Famer. She was unanimously selected to the USSSA Hall of Fame Class of 2015 and will be inducted during the Hall of Fame banquet at the 48th Annual USSSA National Convention in November. Fittingly, this year’s USSSA National Convention will be held in Southern California (Temecula) where Lowe’s playing career began. Family, teammates, and the entire USSSA community will be on hand to pay tribute to one of the best athletes in USSSA history.
Additionally, Lowe’s number 26 jersey will become the first USSSA Pride jersey to be retired. When USSSA took over the team in 2009, it was Lowe and fellow Olympian Kelly Kretschman whom the team was built around. She played every professional inning of her career in a 26 Pride jersey. During her six years in the NPF, she helped the Pride win three NPF regular season titles and three NPF Championship Series. Individually, Lowe was named the 2012 NPF Player of the Year and won the 2013 Diamond Spikes Award for swiping a NPF-best 16 stolen bases. She was named to the All NPF Team three times as an outfielder.
While Hall of Fame inductions and jersey retirements are a common tribute we pay to top athletes, the other milestone for Lowe helps change the landscape of women’s sports. Lowe continues to impact the softball world as an Assistant Coach at the University of Arizona. Further, she will also continue her involvement with the Pride as part of their management team. Lowe’s new path and opportunities an organization like USSSA provide can help set a new standard for female athletes who want to remain in the game during and after their playing days.
Though we will never see number 26 in centerfield again, we are sure to see the impact of Caitlin Lowe on the softball community and the USSSA organization for years to come.
About USSSA Florida Pride: The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.
About NPF: National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.
About USSSA: The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit USSSA.com. Also be sure to visit USSSAToday.com for the latest USSSA.