LSU alumna and MLB’s first female hitting coach starts COVID-19 fundraiser

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRProud) – The COVID-19 pandemic has forced sports leagues to delay their starting dates.

LSU Alumna Rachel Balkovec is the “first female full-time hitting coach in Major League Baseball, or MLB, is using this time to help others,” according to LSU.

Balkovec had started her career with the New York Yankees when the season was called off because of COVID-19.

After the season was called off, Balkovec chose to give $5 a day to those who need help.

“It feels like a drop in the bucket,” Balkovec told LSU. “I think sometimes we allow the problems in our lives, not just the coronavirus, to feel so big it just freezes us and we don’t do anything. Instead of not doing anything, I just wanted to do something that hopefully inspires others.”

Along with the daily donation, Balkovec has a GoFundMe which has raised over $4,000.

“People are offering up advice and recommendations for which groups to help. So far, it’s been a couple of food banks. We’ve purchased medical supplies. This week, I’m donating to an organization that supports minor league baseball players,” she said.

Balkovec does not feel like a trailblazer in MLB, “I’m not a pioneer. There are plenty of people who came before me, I always like to acknowledge that,” Balkovec told LSU. “There were plenty of other women who set the stage for me to be able to have this opportunity before me. Like my own boss when I was at LSU, Melissa Moore Seal. When she got into strength and conditioning more than ten years ago, there were very few females doing it.”

By: Justin Franklin

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