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Extra Effort: ND's Fleming Stays Positive After Knee Surgeries

Notre Dame senior is this week's 'Extra Effort' winner


WMBD/WYZZ-TV - PEORIA, Ill. - If it looks like Annie Fleming has a permanent smile on her face when she plays softball, there's a reason.

"I have a good time, it's why I love playing," explained Fleming. "I have fun and I try not to think. This is my hour not to think during the day."

It's not that the Notre Dame senior doesn't want to think Shhe's an honors student that scored a 30 on her ACT.

She's also a student Ambassador at Notre Dame who's involved in student government.

"I like to get involved with different people and be a well-rounded person," said Fleming. "Those clubs and interactions help you be who you want to be."

Annie wanted to be a four year starter at Notre Dame but her knees wouldn't let her. She tore one her freshman year during basketball season and the other her sophomore year in volleyball.

It kept her off the softball diamond for two seasons. But that hasn't scarred her positive attitude.

"I worked hard and learned the muscles I had to strengthen to make my knees more stable," said Fleming. "There's still certain things I have to do differently. There are still some things I can't do that others can."

Fleming is hitting over .600 for the conference-leading Irish.

"She's driven, very driven with what she wants to do in life," coach Ed Olehy said. "She has good goals for herself and she works hard to get there. A fun athlete to be around."

It's giving her a lot to smile about these days.

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