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Team Mizuno Impulse wins 2013 Bright Light Award
9/13/2013

OKLAHOMA CITY —The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today that Team Mizuno Impulse (The Colony, Texas), coached by Junior Torres, is the recipient of the 2013 Bright Light Award presented by ASA/USA Softball and Musco Lighting. 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.

“Team Mizuno Impulse has made great efforts to better their communities all year long,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Ron Radigonda. “Their involvement in a variety of volunteer projects speaks volumes about their commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. Their dedication to shaping a better future is phenomenal and we are honored to have such an outstanding group of athletes representing our organization."

The award as well as a Bright Light Award banner will be presented to Team Mizuno on November 10 during the opening session of the 82nd ASA/USA National Council Meeting in Oklahoma City, Okla. Additionally, as the recipient of the 2013 Bright Light Award, Team Mizuno will receive a $2,000 credit to use toward tournament fees for any 2014 ASA/USA sanctioned events in the United States and 20 Bright Light Award T-shirts for athletes, coaches and staff.

With a team motto of "Change a player, change a family and change the community", Team Mizuno has done just that through their contributions to a number of causes and needs within their community. In February and March, their team worked with Habitat for Humanity with the building of a home in Plano, Texas. The team also aided the Denton County Friends of the Family Shelter in the collection of personal items for the Denton County Friends of the Family Shelter and worked with Love for Kids. A Dallas/Fort Worth based charity, team members interacted and mentored young children. Following the tragic West, Texas Explosion in April, Team Mizuno staff and athletes organized a prayer vigil and collection of water, supplies and funds for the victims and their families.

“As coaches, we are charged with proving players the opportunity to be seen and potentially recruited to play at a collegiate level," said Team Mizuno head coach Junior Torres. "Team Mizuno Impulse emphasizes the importance of players producing on the field, but stresses that it is equally important to perform in the classroom as well as in service to your community. Knowing that we as coaches and players are making a difference in someone’s life is worth getting up at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, and as a team see it as no better way to start the weekend. We ask that each of our players become involved and assure them that being a part of each of Team Mizuno Impulse community service projects is just one way that we can continue to give back to the community and change lives. Regardless, if we are laboring to build a home, interfacing with battered/neglect children or serving dinner to those in a shelter, each of us has gained and continues to gain valuable life lessons and skills that allow us to continue to learn how to work effectively as part of a team. The Team Mizuno Impulse program is known for giving back and thrives on making a difference in others lives."

Initiated in 2011 by Musco Lighting, the Yard Sharks 18-Under A team (Carmichael, Calif.) coached by Joe Price have won the previous two Bright Light Awards. Applications for the 2014 Bright Light Award presented by ASA/USA Softball and Musco Lighting will be accepted starting next spring. Additional information will be available at http://www.asasoftball.com.

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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