Braves Virtual Panel for Females Wanting to Ump

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Join the Atlanta Braves and UMPS Care Charities in a virtual discussion providing women and young female fans with the pathways to becoming a successful umpire in baseball. This special Q&A-style conversation features three female professional umpires working in Minor League Baseball/ in honor of Women’s History Month.


Date/Time: Tuesday, March 23rd 7:00 PM

About the Panelists:

Jen Pawol

Making her debut in 2016, Jen Pawol became only the seventh female umpire to work professional baseball. Having worked her first season in the Gulf Coast League, Pawol was promoted to the Short Season Class A New York-Penn League in 2017. She has written a book, Umpiring Is For U, a guide for aspiring umpires.


Emma Charlesworth

A former Little League coach who began umpiring the games as a college student, she was eventually noticed by umpire development personnel during a tournament in Florida. She was invited to umpire school and now finds herself looking to advance through baseball and inspire others who might see her in action. Emma graduated from umpire school in 2017 and got her Minor League umpiring start in the Gulf Coast League.


Kathy Strahm

Kathy has worked as an umpire in the Women's World Championship (fastpitch), NCAA Women's College World Series, several national champion-ships, and the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.


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