Valerie “Val” Ann Arioto is an American, former collegiate All-American, softball pitcher and first baseman originally from Pleasanton, California. She attended Foothill High School and the University of California, Berkeley from 2008-10, 12, where she earned a Second Team and two First-Team All-Pac-12 honors, including being named 2012 Pac-12 Player of The Year. She was also recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as a Third Team and two-time First Team All-American. With United States women’s national softball team she won 2011 World Cup of Softball and has since been a member for 8 years. She also made Team USA for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Valerie Arioto: America Softball Player: Achievements
Representing United States
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2011 Guadalajara Team
Gold medal – first place 2019 Lima Team
Silver medal – second place 2015 Toronto Team
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Valerie Arioto, America Softball Player, and Twice Gold Medalist Pan American Games who talks about her workout, diet, hair and skin care.
From an athlete and World Champion to coach and mentor. Walk us through your spectacular journey about how you were first introduced to softball?
When I was young, I played softball, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and water skied. Although I loved all of these sports, softball stuck because the community around the sport. We would play in league games with everyone from my home town and then have BBQ parties after. It was like a family. From here I continued to get opportunities to play at higher levels as my career went on, but I still continued to play because of the community around the sport and for my love of the game. To this day, these are still the same reason I continue to play!
You are best known for your tremendous success as a member of the USA Women’s Softball Team, winning medals in four WBSC World Championships. Tell us one of the most memorable moments from these Championships?
Although I can’t narrow it down to one memorable moment, the aspect that I will never forget is my teammates. All of the wins and games I have played in have been so memorable because of the amazing women I get to play alongside. We have travelled to some beautiful places and have competed in high level play together, and I can’t wait to make more memories on and off the field!
Introduce us to a day in your life.
My morning routine is essential to me and a way for me to start my day off grounded. I always start with morning coffee and a hearty breakfast, usually taking what time I have in the morning to journal or just get my mind right. I usually do a couple workouts of exercise and softball depending on the day, but I always try to do at least one active thing a day. And then I spend time with loved ones!
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