TEAMS Conference & Expo (PRNewsFoto/Schneider Publishing Company)
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Olympic Gold Medalist Jessica Mendoza—the first woman to work as an analyst during a Major League Baseball post-season game—will emcee the 2015 SportsTravel Awards ceremony. The winners of the 2015 SportsTravel Awards will be announced during a gala ceremony on the evening of Tuesday, November 10, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
The SportsTravel Awards are presented in conjunction with the TEAMS Conference & Expo, the largest annual gathering of sports-event organizers in the world, which will be held November 9–12 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
Mendoza, who has captured the nation’s attention for her work on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball and as an analyst during ESPN’s coverage of MLB’s post-season, was a standout amateur athlete, a collegiate All-American and played professional softball.
“I can think of no one more appropriate to emcee our annual celebration of excellence in sports than Jessica Mendoza,” said Timothy Schneider, publisher of SportsTravel magazine. “Jessica embodies the essence of the SportsTravel Awards program and is a broadcasting talent with whom sports fans are sure to fall in love. We are proud to be showcasing her talents at TEAMS.” In addition to emceeing the SportsTravel Awards, Mendoza will serve as a professional broadcaster-moderator during the educational sessions at TEAMS.
Called an “ascendant voice” in sports broadcasting by the New York Times, Mendoza replaced Curt Schilling as the analyst for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts in September. Mendoza’s list of sports achievements is lengthy: At Camarillo (California) High School, she played softball and basketball and was named “Female Athlete of the Year” in her junior and senior years. She was named the Los Angeles Times “Player of the Year” in 1998.
During her time at Stanford University, Mendoza was a four-time NCAA first-team All-American—making her only the fifth player in NCAA history to accomplish that feat. She helped lead the Cardinal to their first-ever NCAA Women’s College World Series appearance. Mendoza was named Stanford’s “Athlete of the Year” three times and graduated with a master’s degree in social sciences and education.