Hi, my name is Kennedy Bordeaux and I live in the Chicago land area in Illinois. I have been playing softball since I was 4 years old and I have had a love for the game my whole life and it still continues to grow. I played part-time travel ball from 8u-12u, before advancing to full-time travel ball at 14u. I think what truly sets me apart from other athletes is my speed. Every coach I have talked to told me my speed would be my advantage point because it's something you can't teach. When I was clocked at 2.59, I was named the fastest 2019 in the nation. I am a very competitive person so having such an honorable title to my name only made me want to work harder to not only maintain my speed but increase it, which is what led to my participation in track. When I was switched to a slapper in 2015, it was frustrating for me because I am naturally right-handed and I was a power hitter, so transitioning to a left-handed small ball player was a world of a difference. However, I did not let my frustration stop me from reaching my goal of becoming a slapper. I got a hitting coach and worked rigorously until I became a confident left-handed batter. I think my drive to constantly see how I can improve myself as a player and as a teammate, is also what sets me apart from other players.
In college, I plan to major in sports medicine and eventually become an orthopedic surgeon. I believe that being a student athlete will help me focus on the two important things in college; my studies, and my sport. I also plan on building a bond with my team. I think it is important to have a group of people that you're comfortable with or can relate to in college since there are so many different people with so many different backgrounds. I hope that being around other girls who have the same goals as me as far as succeeding in school and on the field, will help me flourish.
Thank you for your time!