OKLAHOMA CITY —The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America/USA Softball donated $4,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® of Central and Western Oklahoma on Saturday, October 27 following the Race for the Cure in Oklahoma City. The money, raised by an eBay auction of pink items worn and used by the 2012 USA Softball Women’s National Team athletes during the World Cup of Softball presented by Lumber Liquidators, brings USA Softball’s five year donation total to $60,900. USA Softball donated $25,000 to the foundation in 2008, $12,500 in 2009, $13,000 in 2010 and $6,400 in 2011.
“ASA/USA Softball is proud to be making our fifth consecutive ‘Pink Out’ contribution to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® of Central and Western Oklahoma’s mission to find a cure for breast cancer,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Ron Radigonda. “Breast cancer is a disease that has affected many of the individuals involved with our organization in one way or another. We remain committed to raising awareness not only through the USA Softball Women’s National Team but at ASA events throughout the country.”
The USA Softball Women’s National Team donned pink uniforms in a “Pink Out” game during the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City to honor breast cancer survivors and create awareness for breast cancer research. In September, more than 20 items went up for bid on eBay, including not only the game worn jerseys of the 19 National Team athletes, but also team signed helmets, posters and the jerseys worn by the Netherlands National Team, who played the U.S. in the “Pink Out” game.
Pink items worn and used by USA athletes throughout the past four years are permanently on display at the National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 2801 N.E. 50th Street in Oklahoma City. For photos from the event, visit ASA/USA Softball’s Facebook page.
For more information on the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® of Central and Western Oklahoma, visit www.komencentralwesternok.org.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Central and Western Oklahoma
Since 1994, the Central and Western Oklahoma Affiliate has granted over $9 million. With the support of our signature fundraiser, the Race for the Cure®, we will award over $950,000 toward the fight against breast cancer by funding grassroots educational programs as well as national research. Up to seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised by the Affiliate are dedicated to fighting breast cancer in its 47 County Service Area. Grants are awarded each year to local hospitals and community organizations that provide innovative outreach and awareness programs for medically underserved women. A minimum of twenty-five percent of the net proceeds raised by the Affiliate fund the national breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program. Partnerships with corporate sponsors and community organizations allows us to continue holding the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, as well as other fundraisers, including the Stomp for the Cure, Pink Tie Ball, and Swing for the Cure®.
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 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.
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