Umpires announced for Title IX
OKLAHOMA CITY — The four umpires for the Title IX 40th Anniversary celebration game in Oklahoma City between the USA Women’s National Softball Team and the Canadian National Team have been named, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today. The game is part of ESPN’s three-month companywide initiative, The Power of IX, recognizing the 40th anniversary of Title IX, signed June 23, 1972.
Umpires for the International contest are Chris Drumm (Oceanside, Calif.), Steve McCown (Wylie, Texas), Bonnie Heldman (Mansfield, Texas) and Cody Little (Mustang, Okla.).
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to work this game,” said Heldman. “I actually got my first job out of college because of Title IX.”
ESPN will offer a weekend of events and studio shows June 22-24 featuring women in sports across its networks – ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Classic – highlighted by a full day of programming Saturday, June 23. The multi-network programming will be tied together, beginning at 11 a.m. ET, through studio coverage from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters. ESPN soccer analyst Julie Foudy will host from a Title IX-themed set and welcome special guests throughout the day who have impacted or been affected by the law.
All Tickets for the Title IX 40th Anniversary celebration game are general admission and can be purchased online for $7 at SoftballOutlet.com or by calling 800-654-8337. An autograph session with Team USA will be held following the game.
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 five World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.