Professional Softball Player & Olympic gold medalist
Natasha Watley is a two–time Pan American Gold Medalist, three-time World Champion, four-time World Cup Champion, and the driving force behind the Natasha Watley Foundation, a community service nonprofit dedicated to introducing softball to the girls of the nation’s inner cities. More than simply teaching young women how to play the sport, her organization provides a positive alternative to the daily struggles faced by many girls in low-income households.
Natasha joined the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame after leading the Bruins, leading to three straight Women’s College World Series and the NCAA Division 1 Softball Championship title in 2003.
In 2004, Natasha played with America’s Olympic team, taking home a gold medal. In 2008, she competed again, winning a silver medal. When softball was removed from the Olympics after the 2008 games, she moved to Japan to continue competing. In her 8 years there, she won 5 championships as a member of the Toyota Women’s Softball Team, a part of the Japan Softball League. Now in her 9th season, she is currently a coach for Team Toyota and Team USA Junior Women’s National Team. Currently, Miss. Watley is also a public speaker/trainer on team dynamics and leadership for corporate organizations.