ROSEMONT, IL (April 13, 2018) — Former Chicago Bandits pitcher and two-time Olympic medalist Jennie Finch will compete on the nationally-renowned Dancing with the Stars: Athletes series, as announced Friday on Good Morning America.
Finch, who played for the Bandits from 2005-10, will vie for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy on the show’s 26th season alongside professional dancer Keo Motsepe.
“So excited for this adventure! Let’s do this @keodancer,” Finch said via her Twitter account (@JennieFinch).
Finch, now 37 and a mother of three, became one of the most decorated players in NPF history during her time with the Bandits. She posted a staggering 0.11 ERA during the 2007 season and went to guide the team to a regular-season championship in the 2010 campaign.
Finch’s No. 27 was retired by the Bandits on June 9, 2012 and she has remained involved with the franchise as an NPF board advisor.
Other participants on the abbreviated four-week show include NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Olympic figure skaters Adam Rippon and Tonya Harding, former Boston Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon and Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman.
Season 26 of Dancing with the Stars premieres at 7 p.m. April 30 on ABC.
The four-time Cowles Cup champion Chicago Bandits will be back at The Ballpark at Rosemont for the 2018 season. For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to reserve your season tickets, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 14th season as a franchise, the Bandits have provided the Chicago area with high-level softball talent and entertainment en route to capturing six regular season titles and four Cowles Cup championships, the most recent coming during the 2016 campaign. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. The Ballpark at Rosemont is the only stadium in the country built exclusively for a women’s professional softball team. The Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch softball players to further their careers at the professional level and has included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2018 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.