Every good athletic team has a great support system behind it, and The University of Alabama’s baseball team has the Diamond Dolls to back them up.
The Diamond Dolls is an on-campus organization that works with the baseball team to promote, market, get fans to attend the games and help with recruiting. They also work during the games to help fans find seats or retrieve foul balls on the field.
“We actually get to be a part of it. We’re actually there participating and helping,” Hayley Kilgo, a sophomore majoring in public relations and restaurant and hotel management said. “You get really involved. It’s like a big baseball family.”
The club has been on and off since the 1980s but returned to campus last year.
“Just within a year, you can tell so many people know about us now,” Kilgo said. “It’s continuing to grow.”
For some of the women, Diamond Dolls is a way to stay involved with athletics without playing a sport. Jasmine Wells, a senior majoring in public relations, transferred to Alabama from Faulkner State Community College, where she played softball for two years.
“It’s something to keep me close to the field,” Wells said.
This year, the Diamond Dolls have 14 returning women and are hoping to expand their group to 30-35. At this year’s Get On Board Day, about 120 girls signed an interest list.
“We haven’t even started yet, and I’m just really impressed with how many girls have signed up,” Amber Lewis, a junior majoring in journalism, said.
Lewis said the club is looking for women who like baseball, are outgoing and can dedicate their time to the club and the baseball team.
Even though Diamond Dolls is a yearly time commitment, many members still participate in other on-campus organizations as well.
“I feel like as the years go on this is going to be a big part of Alabama baseball. We’re just in our first year, but it’s grown a lot. I think it’s going to continue to keep growing like that,” Kilgo said.
To apply to be a Diamond Doll, visit rolltide.com and click on “baseball” under the sports tab. On the baseball page, click on the “more info” tab, and select “Diamond Dolls” to view the application. Applications are due Sept. 19.
For more information, find the Diamond Dolls on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.