Earlier this month, locally owned Aries Apparel announced Mendoza’s high-anticipated special appearance. Athletes from the Portland-metro area filled the store to capacity Saturday morning for a question and answer session; Mendoza posed for photos with and signed autographs for all the young athletes. Following the in-store appearance two local softball teams were selected in a drawing to participate in a private coaching clinic with Mendoza.
“It was really a great experience visiting with local athletes at Aries Apparel on Saturday. I hope that by sharing some of my personal experiences in sport, I inspired them to reach for their dreams in sport and in life,” said Mendoza who spent the first 30 minutes of her visit sharing her story with young athletes.
“I have never met a more dynamic and inspiring individual. It was a truly amazing experience to watch these young athletes interacting with one of their idols. Jessica genuinely embodies the principles and ideals of an Aries Apparel athlete,” said Diana Marsden, Aries Apparel owner.
Aries Apparel also gave away autographed softballs, Nike drawstring bags, Aries Apparel gift cards, water bottles and other prizes to guests.
A two-time World Champion, Mendoza competed on the silver medal-winning 2008 U.S. Olympic softball team in Beijing and the gold medal-winning 2004 U.S. Olympic softball team in Athens. While playing softball at Stanford from 1998-2002, Mendoza was four-time All Pac-10 first team, three-time Stanford Athlete of the Year and four-time NFCA First-team All American.
About Aries Apparel
Founded in 2008, Aries Apparel offers sport-specific athletic apparel, footwear, equipment and accessories for passionate, confident, and dynamic female athletes of all ages and skill levels. Aries Apparel is committed to serving female athletes and providing a premium consumer experience. A strong partner in the community, Aries sponsors many local female athletic clubs, leagues, school organizations and women's organizations. Visit Aries Apparel online at http://www.ariesapparel.com.