Congratulations to Germantown Academy senior Angelina Sannicandro '22 on winning the Jennie Finch Empowerment Award! The Jennie Finch Empowerment Award, presented by ARM & HAMMER, celebrates four young women each year who demonstrate positive characteristics through their participation in several MLB-led softball programs. Winners of the award receive a $10,000 college scholarship, courtesy of ARM & HAMMER, as well as a trip to the 2021 World Series, where they will be recognized prior to a game.
Sannicandro, a captain of the GA softball team and last year's team MVP award winner, learned that she had won the Jennie Finch Empowerment Award at the Jennie Finch Classic, which recently took place in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
“When [Finch] said my name, my heart sank to my stomach. I was like freaking out,” Sannicandro said in a phone interview with MLB.com.
Sannicandro, a pitcher/infielder for the Phillies' Urban Youth Academy, was also recognized on the field during the Phillies' game on Wednesday.
“I started crying. My parents (Gina Maletta-Sannicandro '95 and Brian Sannicandro) were crying,” Sannicandro told MLB.com. “I was just insane. They hand me this big check and I was overwhelmed. It did not feel real at all. Then Jennie Finch is like, ‘Oh, by the way, you are going to the World Series.’ I just kept crying. I was very emotional. I was freaking out.”
(Video and Photos Courtesy of the Philadelphia Phillies)