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Atlanta teen's foundation helps underprivileged softball teams

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An Atlanta teen has leveraged her love of softball to level the playing field for players who aren't as fortunate she is.

Maggie Wellborn, 17, started a foundation two years ago called for the "Glove of the Game." She gives her time and own money to purchase softball equipment for teams who can't afford to buy them.

The Westminster High senior and team captain started playing softball when she was just 8 years old. She was first team All-State last fall.

"I've grown up, I've always had the bats and the equipment and I've had to opportunity to play on lots of different travel teams," said Wellborn.

But Maggie wasn't lost on the fact that other girls her age didn't have the same opportunities, so she came up with the idea to start a foundation with the goal of buying equipment for underprivileged players.

"I'm trying to level the playing field and give them all the opportunities that I've had over the years," Wellborn said.

Her foundation even holds clinics for girls, many of whom are just learning the fundamentals of the game as teenagers. Maggie is one of the instructors.

"The most rewarding part was just the smiles on their faces as they went through the stations and they got to use their new gloves and throw and hit with the new bats and all," Wellborn.

Towers High softball coach Chris Cheffen says the foundation gives his players much more than just equipment and training; it also helps build up their self-esteem.

"That is very important to these young ladies who are up against so many challenges, so many obstacles," Cheffen said.

All the money raised through Maggie's foundation goes directly to purchasing softball equipment for underprivileged girls. For Glove of the Game has also filed is for non-profit status so donations can be tax deductible.

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