FOX Sports: Spring Training to the Troops
FEB 04, 2013 10:19a ET
This week, FOX Sports will be taking part in Spring Training to the Troops, which includes a visit to U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr base in Germany. Several current and former major leaguers will be making the trip, as well as the FOX Sports Girls. The trip will include a wiffle ball game with the troops, youth baseball clinics for children of the troops, combat simulators and morning physical training sessions. Jenny, one of the FOX Sports North girls, will be representing FOX Sports North in Germany. Here is what she had to say about her upcoming trip.
FSN: What kinds of things will you be doing on the trip?
JENNY: Basically once we get in on Tuesday, it'll be three full days of activities and visits. I'm very excited about the morning physical training aspect. That's kind of the part I'm really looking forward to. One other thing that we're doing is visiting the Wounded Warriors Center. That will be really great to do and might be a little bit of a harder experience just to see everything that they've been through, but I'm also looking forward to that as well. I think it will be awesome to see these troops in Germany and everything they do for our country and the sacrifices.
FSN: Do you have any family ties to the military?
JENNY: Two of my cousins, they're basically sisters to me, they're both in the Army and Navy. I know a lot of this is why I'm going. I have a lot of ties with the military, so I think that's why they selected me to go. My two grandfathers were in the Army, my two uncles were both in the Air Force and another cousin, Donny, was in the naval academy. My cousin Katharine Binder, she is my age and she's a Navy jet pilot. She's one of the few women. She graduated from MIT in the ROTC program and basically could have done anything and she is a jet pilot. It's pretty awesome. She's like my sister, so I'm very proud of her. And then her sister, Hannah, is a nurse in the Army. She did the ROTC program through Boston College. So we were all together in Boston for college.
FSN: What was it like seeing your two cousins in the ROTC during college?
JENNY: In college, Casey and I were always together. I had a 6 a.m. lacrosse practice at Boston University and I was like, ‘Who is on the field at 4:30 a.m.? This is so bizarre and weird.' And finally it came out that it was actually Casey training at 4:30 with the rifle training. Finally, she was like, ‘Jenny, that's actually me.' I couldn't believe that they had that extra ROTC training. They have put in so much for the last couple years.
FSN: Part of the trip includes baseball-related activities with the troops. What are you looking forward to with that?
JENNY: I think the clinics with the kids will be probably my favorite. I coach a lot in my free time. I like to help out with a lacrosse team here, so I love kids and I love coaching. Obviously baseball is not my specialty but I'd still say I could teach them a fair amount. And I think the wiffle ball game will just be friendly fun. I feel like if we can just add something new and exciting to their day, then that's exactly what the trip is for, just to offer something exciting. There's not one aspect that I'm not looking forward to.
FSN: What else are you hoping to gain from this experience?
JENNY: The crazy thing about these troops is they're in Germany, but they're still very connected with sports going on here in Minnesota. It's one of the biggest bases there for U.S. training. I'm hoping to meet Minnesota people. I know there are troops from all over, so it would be great to meet some Minnesota fans and connect with them about the Twins and the Minnesota sports teams. I want to find that Wild fan and tell them about the season and who's been playing well and tell them about the Gophers that are on a roll and just connect on that level. I think that will be really cool.
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