Chicago Bandits Aleshia Ocasio blazes a new trail in the world of softball


Black, Puerto Rican, out and proud: Aleshia Ocasio blazes a new trail in the world of softball

During her childhood days, Aleshia Ocasio frequented the local ballparks with her mother to watch her cousins play. On the side, a young Ocasio tossed the ball around and began to plant the seeds of a pioneering path to the top of the sport that has defined her.

Ocasio, 22, was born in Long Island, NY before taking up residence in Florida from the age of seven. There, she laid the foundation of a very successful softball career at the University of Florida, where she won the 2015 NCAA Division I Softball Championship and ranks in the top 10 in 10 different pitching and hitting categories.

After her decorated college career, Ocasio’s softball dreams brought her to Chicago in April 2018, when the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league made her the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NPF College Draft.


For Ocasio, however, stepping onto the diamond is not merely about striking opponents out or scoring runs for the Gators or the Bandits. As an out professional athlete born of Black and Puerto Rican parents, Ocasio embraces the greater impact of her softball adventures.

Click here to read the full article, from the Chicago Tribune.

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