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Oklahoma City, OK— The Amateur Softball Association of America, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today that the gold medal winning USA Softball Olympic Team will be featured on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. The cover photo was taken soon after the team was awarded their third consecutive gold medal at the Athens Olympic Games.
Widely recognized as one of the most dominant teams in the history of international sport, the USA Softball Olympic Team blitzed this year’s Olympic competition by outscoring opponents 51-1 completing a four year process that started soon after the 2000 Sydney Olympics where USA Softball narrowly escaped with its second consecutive gold medal.
The cover photo on this weeks Sports Illustrated is the first ever in the history of the sport that’s been played in the United States for over 100 years and that’s been contested on a international level since 1965.
The ASA is working with executives at Sports Illustrated in hopes of releasing a special limited edition commemorative cover for fans and collectors of USA Softball branded items.
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 91 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams and 40,000 umpires today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit 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 back-to-back gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive.