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CHERI KEMPF

PRESIDENT/COMMISSIONER
cherik@profastpitch.com

Cheri Kempf was hired as National Pro Fastpitch Commissioner in February of 2007. In four years, her accomplishments include the creation of NPF Media LLC, a private investment group established to financially support League growth in the specific areas of League Office operations, expansion, sponsorships, and increased media coverage; the formation of the franchising circular which enabled NPF to become a legitimate franchisor and offer franchises to qualified individuals and/or groups that desire team ownership; oversight of an ownership qualification process and criteria, which will lead to securing owners who are financially suited to operating a professional sports franchise; the establishment of the League Office and staff in Nashville, TN; improved communication with Players and increased Player relations; and increasing the direct link from professional softball to the grass roots of the sport. Prior to becoming Commissioner, Kempf owned and operated Club K. Started in 1990, Club K grew to become the world's largest fastpitch softball training facility dedicated specifically to female fastpitch players. In addition to Club K, for over a decade, Kempf has been a popular television analyst for college and professional softball coverage working for networks and sports channels including ESPN, Fox Sports, Cox Sports, YES Network, and Comcast Sports. She has become a staple in ESPN's coverage of the NCAA Tournament and Women's College World Series. As a player, Kempf competed as a pitcher on the 1992 USA National Team that earned a gold medal in the World Cup in Beijing, China. She was a two time Women's Majors National Champion as a member of the reknowned Raybesto's Brakettes of Stratford, CT and has been inducted into three Hall's of Fame including the NAIA National HOF, the Missouri Western State University HOF, and the Amateur Softball of America State of Missouri HOF. In 2002, she wrote an instructional book on pitching titled “The Softball Pitching Edge” that has also been produced in video form.

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