Arkansas softball great Braxton Burnside back home in NEA
PARAGOULD, Ark. (KAIT) - The Razorback home run queen is back home in Paragould. I caught up with Braxton Burnside Wednesday morning after a record-setting 2021 season. Braxton Burnside helped out at the Paragould Athletic/Academic Camp.
The Arkansas All-American shortstop is giving back this summer.
“I’m pretty much giving lessons. Holding training sessions. And having small camps here and there in the state of Arkansas, to give back to the little kids, that I once was in their shoes not too long ago. And so for me to be able to have that knowledge and come back to use it is just really special to me. Because these kids deserve it in the state of Arkansas.”
It was a spring to remember for Razorback softball: 43 wins, the first SEC Championship in program history, hosting NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals.
“Well, it’s awesome. And I think it’s really cool that I was part of a team that is going to be in history forever in the program of Arkansas softball. And it was just so much fun, and I say that all the time. Of course winning is fun, but just the group that we had, the coaches and the leadership that we had just made it so fun for all of us.”
There were plenty of Brax Bombs along the way, her 25 homers set an Arkansas record. So what’s next for the pride of Paragould?
“Right now, I’m going to stick with lessons, hoping to get a new facility built in Bono in the next few months. And bring in all kinds of little kids and their teams in to develop their skill set. We’re going to call it XPT, short for Xtreme Performance Training. And my older sister and her husband are currently building it. It’s going to go in in Bono. And we’re super, super excited to get everything started. Because I think it’s going to be huge for the state.”
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