CNY Central Athlete overcomes to odds to earn D-I scholarship

Her goal of playing Division I softball has come true for the Baldwinsville pitching ace.

Lizi Campbell signed her National Letter of Intent to attend Binghamton University in the fall.

â??Iâ??ve been waiting for this for a long time, Iâ??ve worked really hard,â?? said Campbell. â??One of my goals was to play d1, so Iâ??m really excited that my dream came true.â??

Campbell set a goal of playing softball at the Division I level when she was in seventh grade.

The following year, the she was moved up to the varsity squad. Campbell started her first varsity game at pitcher as a ninth grader against Fayetteville-Manlius.

Lizi's accomplishment though is even more impressive when you consider she was born functionally blind in her left eye.

Her only sight out of the left eye is various shades from light to dark and some shapes.

She also has
some visual acuity in her right eye due to an added amount of strain from only having vision in one eye, this has not slowed down the speed of her arm.

Campbell has worked hard her entire life to define her disability, rather than letting the disability define her. This helps drive Lizi to work hard on and off the field.

This work ethic and determination has motivated Campbell to play every inning like it will be her last.

Congratulations to Lizi Campbell on achieving her dream of playing Division I softball, and being this weekâ??s CNYCentral Athlete of the Week.