Our start was simple. With so many cancellations hitting youth sports due to COVID-19, a few teams banded together to scrimmage just to get some games in. With a camera on the fence, college coaches viewing, and the softball community watching to see if the game could be played safely, an idea was born.
Our purpose is to fill the recruiting void created due to travel restrictions placed on college coaches, whether those restrictions are due to State mandates, NCAA restrictions or shrinking travel budgets. With more teams asking to play in our events and more college coaches asking for access, we knew we had to get better. Traditional backstop mounted cameras like so many teams use, didn’t provide much visibility outside of the batter, pitcher and catcher. And the quality is always dependent on the cell phone signals at the fields.
To change this, we brought in TV production companies to bring a multi-camera viewing experience, dedicated high-speed internet connections, scoreboards, and more. With pertinent player data available on our website, coaches can watch games and get the information they need to recruit players remotely.
In a time of uncertainty, we have helped bridge the gap between schools and athletes. The feedback from teams participating has been extremely positive and we have received numerous reports of college coaches reaching out to athletes to discuss their program, scholarship opportunities and arrange for campus visits.
Aside from providing opportunities to athletes to continue pursuing their dreams at the collegiate level, Southwest Showcases donates a portion of the proceeds to Operation Underground Railroad. O.U.R is a non-profit dedicated to eradicating child sex trafficking from around the world. In the past six years of existence, O.U.R. has rescued 3,800 victims and assisted in the arrests of more than 2,100 traffickers around the world. The partners they are empowering have collectively helped rescue the lives of more than 10,000 survivors who were enslaved, exploited or at risk.