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Applications for the Bright Light Award now being accepted
4/26/2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today that applications for the 2013 Bright Light Award presented by ASA and Musco Lighting are now being accepted. Created in 2011, the award honors an ASA registered Junior Olympic (JO) team that has shown a commitment to its community through service and volunteerism.

To download the application, click here.

The Bright Light Award winning team will receive $2,000 towards registration fees for any 2014 ASA sanctioned tournament in the United States. The winners will also be honored with 20 “Bright Light” T-shirts for their roster and staff as well as a banner for display. The award presentation will take place on Sunday, November 10, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla., at the ASA Annual Meeting Opening Session. (Winning team will receive one hotel room for two nights; must pay own travel costs.)

The Carmichael, Calif., Yard Sharks 18-Under A team coached by Joe Price have won the previous two Bright Light Awards presented by ASA and Musco Lighting. The Yard Sharks participated in many philanthropic events last year including volunteering with Special Olympics Northern California and fundraising for Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Sacramento Valley. The team also worked with the Carmichael Softball League instructing young athletes and providing demonstrations on hitting, fielding, pitching and base running and they also facilitated an ice cream social to help athletes, coaches and parents bond.

“It’s really great to have teams like the Yard Sharks who are so involved in their communities in our association,” said ASA Executive Director Ron Radigonda. “Winning this award shows a commitment to volunteer efforts. This award honors those organizations that actively seeks opportunities to give back to their communities, and is a great way to honor a team for their outstanding efforts.”

The winning team will be selected by a panel of administrators from ASA and Musco, using the following criteria for evaluation:
- Service must be 100% volunteer in nature (no payment)
- Service must be performed as a team with 75% of the roster in attendance
- Team must be ASA Registered by August 31, 2013
- Service must take place from January 1, 2013 to August 31, 2013
- Panel will take into consideration the following: Positive effect on community, number of people affected, impact of service to the team, total number of hours and participants

The application can also be found at asasoftball.com/youth/.

The deadline for submission is August 31, 2013, and the winning team will be announced on September 13. Applications must be submitted via email or mail to Codi Warren at cwarren@softball.org or ASA National Office, Attn: Codi Warren, 2801 N.E. 50th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73111, and must be received by August 31, 2013.

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 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/.

About MUSCO

Musco Sports Lighting, a proud partner with the Amateur Softball Association, has specialized in the design and manufacture of athletic field lighting for over 35 years. Musco’s industry leading sportslighting innovation, Light-Structure GreenTM, offers significant advantages for your budget and the environment: Operating costs are cut in half through reduced energy consumption and an automated on/off Control-Link® system, off-site spill light is reduced by 50-percent, and 100-percent of your maintenance costs are eliminated for 25 years.

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