Olivia Pichardo: The Latina From Queens, NY Making History in Baseball

Olivia Pichardo: The Latina From Queens, NY Making History in Baseball Belatina latine

I think it’s already clear that women will never take “it’s impossible” as an answer. Young Latina Olivia Pichardo just made this clearer as she was recently named the first woman to make it to the roster of an NCAA Division I baseball team. 

The Queens, NY, born is attending Brown University in Providence, RI, and was selected by Head Coaching Chair Grant Achilles to join the baseball team for the upcoming 2023 season after a walk-on tryout for the Bears. 

This is a historic announcement, as there has never been a female on an NCAA Division I Baseball team until now.

What Olivia Pichardo had to say about her accomplishment

“It was definitely a surreal moment for me because it’s something that I’ve wanted since eighth grade,” Pichardo said in a press release. “It’s kind of crazy to know that I’m living out my dream right now and my ideal college experience that I’ve always wanted, so that’s really cool.”

The baseball player developed her love for sports when she was five years old. However, according to her official website, she got into baseball later because the league didn’t have any more spots available when she was that age. 

As a woman in sports, the young athlete had American professional pitcher Kelsie Whitmore as her inspiration.

“Kelsie Whitmore has been an inspiration for me for a long time. She was the first female baseball player I had ever heard of, and ever since, I have been following her journey,” said Pichardo in her Brown University Bears baseball profile.  “I had the chance to play on the same team as her on the USA Baseball Women’s National Team.”

Now at 18, Pichardo is setting the bar high and also paving the way for more women — and Latinas — to have their deserved spot in a male-dominated sport. 

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