A fifteen-year-old Armstrong River Hawks Softball athlete will be representing the United States in multi-country event in the Netherlands.
Kylie Jo Coover started playing softball when she was in the fourth grade.
“I played for West Armstrong,” Coover said of her Worthington roots. She has moved on and has played for the Pittsburgh Freedom travel team, and now plays for Pittsburgh Power.
“I’m a utility player, so if they need me to play one spot, I can play any spot on the field – pitcher, catcher, anywhere.”
She has worked hard at her sport, and has received the invitation to be on the USA Team. Playing softball is a tribute to her grandmother.
“My gram (Worthington native Helen Anderson) started out playing softball, and it meant a lot to her. So when I started playing, it was like more of a bond between me and her. So playing kind of reminds me of her. She passed away a couple of years ago, so I keep going for her too. It just means a lot because I’m going to show how I can be a softball player just as she could be and just show I can do stuff too!”
Before her debut in the Netherlands in January 2020, Coover has to raise some significant money.
“We’re trying to raise $4,000 just to be on the team. My Mom is going, so that’s another $4,000. With hotels, traveling and all that, it’s going to be around $10,000.”
Some family members have thrown a few dollars her direction. She works at Vocelli’s Pizza and is putting her paycheck toward her first payment that is due in November toward the trip. With the help of her parents, she has a GoFundMe account to help raise money.
Coover has also set her sights on college, although it is several years away at this point since she is just entering the tenth grade.
“I’m hoping to attend PennState and become an architectural engineer,” she said. “And of course, continue to play softball!”