OU Softball's Alyssa Brito Talks 4th National Championship Title, SURGE Partnership

Fresh off graduation and her fourth national championship with the Oklahoma Sooners, softball player Alyssa Brito is reflecting on her time at OU and her new partnership with SURGE to inspire young female athletes.

Friday, June 14th 2024, 11:14 am

By: News 9, Anna Denison


Fresh off of graduation and her fourth national championship with the Oklahoma Sooners, softball player Alyssa Brito is reflecting on her time at OU and what she has planned for the future.

Despite winning their most recent title in the end, Brito said her senior season was a long journey for the entire team.

"I think you guys kind of saw a lot of ups and downs and a lot of valleys for us," Brito said. "There was a point when I think we were just kind of losing who we were."

She said even with the hardships, the team put their trust in God and credited their success in part to their faith.

"God wrote the best story for us and I think there were just a lot of moments throughout the season that reminded us that he was writing a really good one," Brito said.

She remembers the relief she felt when the Sooners won the Women's College World Series for the fourth time in a row.

She said when they won, her entire team was taking in the moment and reflecting on their journey to get there.

"It's so easy to look at the destination, but that journey is hard, and so we just kind of sat in those moments together and just dog piled in the end," Brito said. "That was really cool."

A moment in the series that caught national attention was when Brito was shown praying over Jayda Coleman before she hit a needed home run for the team.

Brito said she felt compelled to pray over her, not for a specific outcome but to give her peace and keep her calm as she went up to bat.

"I went up to her and it wasn't praying for a home run or an outcome," Brito said. "In that prayer, I was like, 'God, just give her peace, overwhelm her with just knowing that she can trust in you and your plan.'"

She said she was grateful to be there at that moment, even if they did not end up winning.

"That's the Sooner sisterhood of faith," Brito said.

Brito has partnered up with BSN Sports as an ambassador for SURGE.

SURGE stands for Strength, Unity, Resilience, Growth, and Equity and aims to empower girls to stay in sports and lead healthy, successful lives through tools developed for coaches to build self-esteem, instill confidence, and prioritize mental health in their female athletes.

"SURGE is basically pushing people to invest in females, invest in young girls, and in that, it's providing resources to coaches, mentors, and people that are very important in a young girl's life," Brito said.

She said she wanted to get involved with the program because she knows the importance of having a support system as a female athlete.

"Sports has allowed me in my own journey to see the worth in that, and it provides those skills that we need as women to carry on and have confidence, determination, and just to carry out with what God has planned for us," Brito said.

She said she remembers how she felt as a young girl watching women compete in sports and wants to carry on that inspiration for more young girls.

"They're the next generation of people and girls to just change the world," Brito said.

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