June 19, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas – UT Arlington graduate Callie Collins begins an adventure halfway across the world this summer, playing softball and learning about other cultures with Competitive Edge International.
"I'm excited to see what it's like and see how they play softball differently than in the US," Collins said. "I'm excited to learn about the atmosphere and the culture and you'll get more respect from them the better player you are. I think it will be fun to see their culture of softball versus our culture of softball."
Collins made her way into the UT Arlington softball record book after starting all four years for the team. She is second all-time in games started (109), third in games pitched (126), fourth in strikeouts (552), fourth in career strikeouts (552), fourth in shutouts (12), fifth in complete games (68) and seventh in innings pitched (661.1).
Competitive Edge International started in 1997 and has partnered with Athletes in Action, a program that men's basketball's Johnny Hill traveled with earlier this summer.
"I think one of the biggest reasons why I want to go is having the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone," Collins said. "I feel like this experience will provide a great way to meet people and put myself out there and be able have an experience that I will probably never have again."
Collins' CEI team will spend 20 days in Asia, splitting time between two cities as they play different universities in the area. She is one of three pitchers on the team, which will play one or two games every day.
Collin's team will consist of players from the United State who are former and current college players from all levels. The team will head to California in late June for training camp before heading to Asia.
"I'm looking forward to meeting my teammates before we leave and practicing with them," Collins said. "We'll have two-a-days so even though it’s a shot training camp we'll be able to spend a lot of time on and off the field together as a team."
CEI reached out to UT Arlington coach Kristie Fox earlier this year about the chance to play abroad.
"My goal is to give all my interested players the opportunity to continue playing after their senior year," Fox said. "This seemed like the perfect fit for Callie because she was an important part of the softball program. I am really proud of the initiative she has taken since graduating.
"She is going to Asia this summer with CEI, and has already lined up a job for the fall. She has really set a great example of what being a Maverick can mean for your future if you take advantage of everything UT Arlington has to offer."