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This Proud Latina Is One Of The Greatest College Softball Players Of All Time

This is Sierra Romero, a standout softball player from the University of Michigan.

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Take a closer look at her glove. You’ll notice she’s customized it with a Mexican flag to honor her roots.

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Romero is aware there aren’t many Latinas playing Division I college softball, and she hopes to inspire young Latinas to follow her footsteps.

“It’s cool to be one of the few Mexican women in Division I and, you know, representing for Mexicans,” said Romero to the Big Ten Network.

Romero recently graduated, but she’ll go down as one of the greatest players in Michigan softball history.

Mom I made it 〽️??????

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The 22-year-old was an All-American EVERY YEAR — freshman to senior year — she played at Michigan.

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If you don’t follow sports, “All-American” basically means Romero was one of the best players in her position in the whole country.

Her former coach, Carol Sue Hutchins, says Romero is one of the best to ever do it.

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“She’s gonna go down as arguably the best player, not just at the University of Michigan, but in NCAA history,” said Hutchins to the Big 10 Network.

During her senior year, Romero batted .465 and hit 19 home runs.

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The shortstop, who is known for her power, holds the NCAA record for grand slams (11).

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Romero also holds the NCAA record for runs (3o0)

Romero credits her father, Michael, for inspiring to pick up a bat.

Michael Romero played in a baseball league in Tjiuana, Mexico and he says Sierra was always there to watch him play. After seeing her father hit a homerun, Sierra says she told her mother, “I want to hit homeruns like that.”

Sierra’s father may have inspired her to play softball, but he says she’s a lot like her mother.

“Sierra is kind of like the life of the party; she’s a lot like my wife,” said Michael Romero to the Detroit Free Press.

Michael Romero, whose family is based in Murrieta, California, also hopes his daughter can inspire Latino parents to let their kids live far from home to pursue their dreams.

Romero, who was named 2016 College Softball Player of the Year, led Michigan to the final 8 at this year’s Division I College Softball Championship.

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Romero’s team was eliminated by the eventual champions, Oklahoma. Sierra knows the team well — her sister, Sydney, is a freshman third baseman for the Sooners.

WIN THE DAMN THING SYD❤️ I love you and I wish I could be there but I'll be watching?

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Now that Romero’s college career is in the books, she’s moved on to other goals. She’s now playing pro ball for the USSSA Florida Pride…

Same game different uniform❤️⚾️✊? #GoPride

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And she’s already gotten off to a good start.

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READ: This Mexican Teenager Is So Good, The L.A. Dodgers Couldn’t Help But Call Him Up

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The Climbing Cholitas Of Bolivia Scale Mountains In Skirts And Snow


The Climbing Cholitas Of Bolivia Scale Mountains In Skirts And Snow

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In the capital city of La Paz, Bolivia 11 Indigenous women have set out to climb higher than the sexist expectations of their world. The women come from an Indigenous group known for their bowler hats and brightly ornate clothing. They call themselves the Cholita Climbers and they’re willing to go to great heights to reach their dreams.

Up until recently, the Bolivian Aymara women worked as cooks and caretakers for wealthy families, men, and mountaineers from across the globe.

According to the Guardian, the women worked on high-altitude camps for years helping crews setting out to reach the highest peaks of the Andes. One day, the women decided to strap on crampons (shoes that are necessary for traveling on glaciers, snow slopes, and frozen waterfalls) and scale the mountains on their own.

While “Chola” is often interpreted as a derogatory term for indigenous women in certain Spanish-speaking countries, the Climbing Cholitas have taken back the word and found power in it. As a group (whose members range from 24 to 52 years old), the women weather the dangers of icy mountain terrains while holding on to ice axes and wearing their traditional dresses.

In some incredible pictures taken of the woman, they can be seen wearing colorful dresses called polleras.

The women have set out to climb the highest peaks in South America, including Aconcagua. For the time being, they’re setting their sights on scaling eight mountains higher than 19,700 ft.

Speaking about their experiences Dora Magueño, a 50-year-old member of the group, told the Guardian that she cried when she first climbed Huyana Potsí. “I’m strong, I’m going to continue and get to the top of eight mountains.”

Ultimately, the group wants to steak a Bolivian flag on the summit of Aconcagua. The mountain is located in the Argentinian Andes near the border with Chile.

Check out a video of the women below!

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Vanessa Bryant Penned A Heartbreaking Message To Kobe On What Would Have Been His 42nd Birthday


Vanessa Bryant Penned A Heartbreaking Message To Kobe On What Would Have Been His 42nd Birthday

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Over seven months have passed since basketball great Kobe Bryant lost his life alongside his daughter Gigi and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. In the months since his death fans have paid tribute to the former shooting guard who left behind three other daughters and his wife Vanessa and watched as his family has slowly attempted to pick up the pieces of their lives without them. Since then, they’ve celebrated holidays and their own birthdays.

For the first time, over the weekend, the Bryants celebrated Kobe’s birthday.

On Sunday, Vanessa Bryant shared a heart-wrenching message to her late husband and daughter on what would have been Kobe’s 42nd birthday.

“To my baby~ Happy birthday. I love you and miss you more than I can ever explain. I wish you and Gigi were here to celebrate YOU! I wish I could make you your fav food or a birthday cake with my Gigi. I miss your big hugs, your kisses, your smile, your loud ass deep laugh,” she wrote in a post on Instagram.”I miss teasing you, making you laugh and bursting your bubble. I miss you sitting on my lap like my big baby that you are. I think about your tenderness and patience all the time. I think about everything you would do in situations to help me deal with everything thrown my way.”

Bryant went on to open up about her struggles to move on since her husband and daughter’s deaths which occurred this past year on January 26.

“Our lives feel so empty without you and Gigi. I’ve been completely broken inside. As much as I want to cry, I put a smile on my face to make our daughters days shine a little brighter. I’m not the strong one, they are. They’re strong and resilient. I’m sure you’re proud of them. They put a smile on my face everyday,” Vanessa wrote.”I wish I could wake up from this horrible nightmare. I wish I could surprise our girls and welcome you and Gigi home to us. I’m mad I didn’t go first. I always wanted to go first so that I selfishly didn’t have to feel this heartache. You were supposed to miss me. Gigi was supposed to be here with her sisters. It should’ve been me.”

Vanessa ended her post by thanking her late husband for showing her true love and for loving her “enough to last several lifetimes.”

“I know my Gigi is celebrating you like she always has on our special days. I miss my thoughtful princess so much! Natalia, Gianna, Bianka, Capri and I wish you a happy birthday my love. I love you for now, forever and for always,” Bryant finished the post.

Fans of the Bryants were quick to commemorate him all throughout Sunday.

To celebrate Kobe, the Lakers celebrated Kobe’s birthday by sharing a reel of his game highlights. Nike also took part by debuting a commercial titled “Better | Mamba Forever.” The ad was narrated by rapper Kendrick Lamar and was launched for what the shoe company is calling “Mamba Week.”

“Kobe taught us to be better,” Lamar recalled in the ad which features video and audio of Kobe, scenes from the Black Lives Matter protests, and clips of Nike-sponsored athletes and fans he inspired with his talent.

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