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 Four 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. Watley also competed in the National Professional Fastpitch league for USSSA Pride, winning 4 Cowles Cup Championships. Now in her 9th season, in Japan, she is currently an assistant 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.