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OKLAHOMA CITY —The Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball will donate $4,150 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® of Central and Western Oklahoma ASA/USA Softball announced today. The money, raised by an eBay auction of pink items used by 2016 USA Softball Women’s National Team athletes during July’s World Cup of Softball, brings USA Softball’s nine year donation total to $79,350. Members of the ASA/USA Softball National Office staff will present the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® of Central and Western Oklahoma with the donation on October 22 during the Race for the Cure® in downtown Oklahoma City.
“I am so glad that ASA/USA Softball makes it a priority to support the fight against breast cancer with the annual pink auction,” said USA Softball Women’s National Team Member Janie Takeda. “Bless the women who have fought this battle and the women currently fighting. We hope that our contribution can help in any way. Keep fighting and know that USA Softball is behind you!”
Last month, 19 autographed, game-worn jerseys from members of the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 USA Softball Women’s National Team items went up for bid on eBay. For the past nine years, members of the USA Softball Women’s National Team have donned pink uniforms in a “Pink Out” game during the World Cup of Softball to honor breast cancer survivors and create awareness for breast cancer research.
“I am proud to be able to wear ‘USA’ across my chest, but I am even more proud to be a part of something bigger than just us playing on the field,” said USA Softball Women’s National Team member Ally Carda. “The pink auction is an amazing way to help out the fight against breast cancer. Thank you to everyone who has supported and donated to this fight!”
Pink items worn and used by USA athletes throughout the past nine years are permanently on display at the National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum, 2801 N.E. 50th Street in Oklahoma City.
Note: Per NCAA rules, items worn by and only signed by athletes with remaining college eligibility were not auctioned off at this time. These items will be auctioned at a later date once the athletes have exhausted their college eligibility.
About ASA/USA Softball
Founded in 1933, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball is the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, ASA/USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than two million. ASA/USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of 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 10 World Championship titles as well as claimed eight World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about ASA/USA Softball, please visit http://www.asausasoftball.com/.
About 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.