OKLAHOMA CITY —The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America/USA Softball will donate $4,800 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® of Central and Western Oklahoma this month. The money, raised by an eBay auction of pink items used by 2013 USA Softball Women’s National Team athletes during July’s World Cup of Softball, brings USA Softball’s six year donation total to $65,700.
“We’re happy to continue this tradition of donating to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® of Central and Western Oklahoma,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress. “Breast cancer is a horrific disease that touches so many and we as an Association will continue to raise awareness with our National Team programs as well as our Junior Olympic and Adult events across the country until a cure can be found. We appreciate our partners Nike for providing the Pink uniforms that our USA Softball Women’s National Team wears each year in the Pink Out game.”
The USA Softball Women’s National Team donned pink uniforms in a “Pink Out” game during the General Tires World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City to honor breast cancer survivors and create awareness for breast cancer research. In October, more than 20 items went up for bid on eBay, including not only the game worn jerseys of the National Team athletes, but also team signed posters.
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, 2801 N.E. 50th Street in Oklahoma City.
Susan G. Komen Central and Western Oklahoma
Since 1994, Komen Central and Western Oklahoma has granted over $9.5 million. With the support of our signature fundraiser, the Race for the Cure®, we will award over $750,000 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 Komen Central and Western Oklahoma fund the national breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen 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 Pink Tie Ball and Paddle for the Cure.