In the lobby display case, flanked by a pair of neon-green softballs, is a ring with a red stone.
She was given the ring seven years ago — a lifetime ago — years before Lisa Rizzo set up shop underneath a furniture store in Westwood and opened the Diamond Academy. Prior to fashioning a career out of molding young kids into athletes, the 28-year-old Old Tappan resident was one of those athletes looking for guidance.
As a young girl, Rizzo played baseball — not softball — until she was forced to compete against girls.
"It’s actually really funny," Rizzo said. "If I go back to [my former home town] Dumont now just to visit, or go pick up something to eat there, if I see one of the guys I played against and struck out, they remember that."
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