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ASA and Liberty Mutual Join Forces
6/3/2008

Oklahoma City, Okla. (June 3, 2008) -- The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) announced today it will become the lead softball partner to Liberty Mutual’s Responsible Sports™ program, an online community that celebrates and promotes responsible youth coaching and sports parenting. ASA experts, including USA Softball Head Coach Mike Candrea will contribute content to Responsible Sports, found at ResponsibleSports.com, featuring tips, tools and coursework for coaches, administrators and parents to create positive youth sports experiences in their communities.

“We are excited to partner with Liberty Mutual on the Responsible Sports program because it aligns perfectly with our mission to teach the fundamentals of softball, as well as create a positive and fun environment for the nation’s softball community,” said Ron Radigonda, Executive Director of the ASA. “Liberty Mutual’s Responsible Sports program is also a great platform to share ASA’s instructional DVDs and to provide information about our ACE online coaching certification program and upcoming coaching schools.”

Central to the Responsible Sports program are the Community Grants awarded to 20 youth sports organizations across the country. Organizations achieving the highest level of community participation in the online Responsible Coaching or Responsible Sport Parenting courses will earn a $2,500 grant to help defray the cost of coaching education, new equipment and field maintenance.

Also key to Responsible Sports are the Responsible Coaching Awards, presented to youth coaches around the country who best exemplify sportsmanship, integrity and overall concern for the development of our young athletes on and off the field. Parents, coaches and administrators can visit ResponsibleSports.com beginning in early June and continuing through the end of August to nominate a youth softball coach from their community. Award winners, selected through a process overseen by Positive Coaching Alliance and Liberty Mutual’s youth sports partners including the ASA, will each receive $250 to help fund his or her team or organization; a personalized Responsible Coaching trophy from Liberty Mutual; and special recognition on the Responsible Sports website, as well as on asasoftball.com and usasoftball.com.

“I am honored to represent the ASA to support Liberty Mutual’s Responsible Sports program,” said Candrea, head coach of the gold medal winning USA Softball Women’s National Team. “We applaud Liberty Mutual for celebrating the important role youth softball coaches and parents play in developing young athletes into responsible, community-oriented citizens. ASA is proud to lend support this program and we will use our effective grassroots organization to promote communities’ participation.”

“Community embodiment of sportsmanship and personal responsibility is essential to provide an enriching youth sports environment,” said Lisa Paige, Liberty Mutual director of sponsorship and community marketing. “There are countless untold examples of responsible coaching and positive community support of their young athletes, and through the Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports program we will shine the light on many uplifting stories.”

To help your organization earn a Responsible Sports Community Grant or to nominate a Responsible Coach in your area, visit ResponsibleSports.com.

About Liberty Mutual

“Helping people live safer, more secure lives” since 1912, Boston-based Liberty Mutual Group is a diversified global insurer and sixth-largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2007 direct written premium. Liberty Mutual ranks 94th on the Fortune 500 list of largest U.S. corporations, based on 2007 revenue. Liberty Mutual Group has over 41,000 employees located in more than 900 offices throughout the world.

The eighth-largest auto and home insurer in the U.S., Liberty Mutual sells full lines of coverage for automobile, homeowners, valuable possessions, personal liability, and individual life insurance. The company is an industry leader in group sponsored voluntary auto and homeowners insurance programs, offering personal lines insurance through payroll deduction and direct billing to employees and members of more than 10,000 companies, credit unions, professional associations and alumni groups.

About ASA

The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 83 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 230,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.

For more information contact:

Kelly McKeown, ASA’s Director of Marketing

405-425-3422 or kmckeown@softball.org

Glenn Greenberg, Liberty Mutual Group

617-574-5874 or glenn.greenberg@libertymutual.com

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