ETSU softball team offering free “Charlee Clinics” in memory of local eighth-grader

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The softball team at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is offering free skills clinics in memory of eighth-grader Charlee Blackburn, who passed away earlier this year.

“Charlee Clinics” will be held every Wednesday until May 15 from 6 to 7 p.m.:

  • May 1

  • May 8

  • May 15

The clinics will be at ETSU’s Betty Basler Field. They are for kindergarten through sixth graders. The softball team asks for players to bring their own equipment.

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News Channel 11 spoke with ETSU Head Softball Coach Cheryl Milligan about the Charlee Clinics:

“I think it’s just an extension of just being the softball community, I think throughout the college ranks,” Milligan said. “And then I think for all of us college coaches within our community, it’s really just nice to kind of come together, you know, [I wish] we were coming together over better circumstances. But it’s, I think, the best thing we can do at a time like this.”

Charlee was a student and played softball at Indian Trail Middle School. After passing, her teammates, coaches and community honored her with a purple memorial at the school’s softball field.

Milligan said a few of ETSU’s softball players had given lessons to Charlee in the past.

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