CARLIE’S SCOOP: Player Spotlight – Izzy Pacho and Allie Skaggs, SPS Camps

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Dear Wildcat fans,

This column is solely focused on myself, and I feel I should shed some light on my amazing teammates and all the impactful work they are doing within the community. This week I decided to draw the attention of this article to it Izzy Pacho and Allie Skags. Izzy and Allie are valuable members of our team and leaders on and off the field. They are both Arizona student athletics representatives and active community leaders. They often participate in community service and organize community tour opportunities for our entire team to participate in. This interview is meant to shed a light on Izzy and Allie and all the amazing work they do in the field and in the community.

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What is SAAC and how did you get involved?

Izzy: SAAC is the Student Athlete Advisory Committee whose purpose is to improve the overall experience between students and athletes. All schools in the NCAA have SAAC in their schools and every sport has at least one representative. I came to SAAC in my sophomore year. We needed a new representative because our, Tamara StatmanShe had just graduated.

Skaggs: SAAC is the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Schools across the country have SAAC representatives from each sport who can raise concerns and suggestions with the administration. This is my first year with SAAC and I was encouraged to join by my teammate Izzy Pacho. I plan to remain a SAAC representative for the next few years!

How did you become a community officer? How Do You Involve Arizona Softball?

Izzy: I became a community service representative because after 2 years on the subcommittee I really wanted to make a difference. Born and raised in Tucson, I want to try to give back to my community as much as I can while I’m here. I try to involve our team in different events as much as possible. We picked up trash downtown a few times with the Meet Me at Maynard’s group.

What are your goals at SAAC?

Skaggs: My goal is to work with staff at the University of Arizona to make the experience of our students and athletes as good as possible. As a member of the Community Service Subcommittee, my goal is also to encourage student athletes to get involved in the community and make Tucson a better place. Ultimately, my biggest goal is for students and athletes to meet and get closer, and SAAC is the perfect place for that.

Arizona players Izzy Pacho, Allie Skaggs and Carlie Scupin run local camps with young athletes (Pacho photo)

Are there local organizations you would like to work with?

Izzy: I’m interested in working with the Sunnyside Foundation because that was my old school district and they do so many good things for our community. It’s about creating opportunity for those who may not have the resources.

Skaggs: I’d love to work with the Ben’s Bells Project. Their whole message is “Be Kind,” and that’s something I live by. I wear her necklace every day as a reminder to stand by kindness and spread it whenever I can. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to making the Tucson community kinder to one another.

What are your plans after college?

Izzy: I plan to do my Masters in the next 2 years and then teach in elementary school when I finish. I want to stay here in Tucson and teach at my old elementary school, Elvira Elementary.

Skaggs: After college, I’d like to stay in softball as a coach or mentor, although I’m not sure what age group I’m interested in just yet. As for my career, I’m interested in becoming a video editor and producer for a professional sports team as I love creating content

Last year, Izzy, Allie and I started SPS camps. We host local camps for young Tucson softball players from middle school through high school. We help them develop skills from all aspects of the game: hitting, defending and mindset. One of the things we emphasize in our camps is what kind of mentality and work ethic it takes to become a D1 athlete. We do a lot of on-field drill work, but focus even more on the game mentality. We also do questions and answers in the camps so that we can get to know each other better and the girls can rack our brains. The goal of our camps is to make sure the girls are enjoying themselves and learning something new. We bring special guests to hang out with the girls, we run lots of competitions and give out prizes. As local players, it’s important to us to give back to young girls like us and help grow softball locally. We have a lot of camps planned for this summer so follow us on Instagram @Spcamps

Carlie Scupin is a standout first baseman for the Arizona Wildcats under a new coach Caitlin Lowe. She is a Tucsonian native who was recruited by a legendary trainer Mike Candrea since she was in middle school. She is a 2020 graduate of Tucson High School. Last season as a freshman, Scupin was a Pac-12 All-Freshman selection and a third-team NFCA All-West Region selection. As a junior at Tucson High, she was named the 2019 Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year. She was also selected to the USA Today All-America second team in 2019. During her high school career, which cut short her 2020 senior season due to COVID-19, she hit 44 home runs while hitting a .623.

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