Lauren Chamberlain is known mostly for her ability to send softballs soaring over the fence. But growing up, the retired professional softball player had to overcome body shaming. Now, the Women’s College World Series champion uses her voice to be a community champion for body confidence.
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In 2013, Lauren Chamberlain helped lead the University of Oklahoma Softball Team to a National Championship. Two years later, she moved into first place on the all-time NCAA career home runs list. Then, the USSSA Pride selected Lauren first in the NPF draft.
Throughout her collegiate and professional career, Lauren was a dominant force.
Many of the records she set during her time as a player still remain today. And they have a solid chance of being there for years to come.
But before she became a model for young girls to look to for inspiration, she was a target young girls looked to bully and body-shame.
To put it bluntly, Lauren recounts that “It was hard to be a girl,” growing up.
In a world where “thin is in,” Lauren struggled to find her own body confidence. She had multiple friends who suffered from anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders.
Softball was my safe haven.
On the field, Lauren celebrated her strength. Her anxiety alleviated. And her spirits elevated.
With supportive teammates and coaches who invested in her personal development, Lauren discovered her swing and found her swagger.
The girl teased in the hallways of her high school now reads her name in the halls of softball glory.
Lauren recently retired from professional softball. Now, she’s shifted her focus from hitting home runs to championing a cause that hits close to home.
On a field where every body was welcome, Lauren Chamberlain built up her self esteem. Her newfound confidence eventually led to Lauren’s legendary dirt diamond dominance.