USA Softball and National Pediatric Cancer Foundation raise over $13,000 with auction of “Fight Pediatric Cancer” autographed jerseys

By Katie Willis (kwillis@usasoftball.com) | Sept. 10, 2018, 2 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY - USA Softball is proud to announce that $13,056 was raised to benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF).  The money was raised by an auction of autographed NPCF-themed jerseys worn by the members of the USA Softball Women’s National Teams during the USA Softball International Cup.  

 

“I’m so proud of Team USA for partnering with such an awesome cause that is close to a lot of the athletes’ hearts,” said USA Softball Women’s National Team member Aubree Munro.  “To be able to raise over $13,000 to help kids that are fighting for their lives is an honor. It really reminds us of what really matters. Anything we can do to support the cause and raise awareness we’re happy to do it!”

 

Last month, both the Japan All-Star Series and World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championship rosters wore NPCF-themed jerseys in their respective games during the USA Softball International Cup.  In addition to the autographed jerseys, fans also had the opportunity to purchase blank or personalized replica jerseys through ShirtsAndLogos.com.

 

“The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation is proud to partner with USA Softball for our Playing Funds the Cure campaign,” said National Pediatric Cancer Foundation Director of Development, Taylor Lewallen.  “The funds raised through this recent jersey auction will go directly towards our mission to find less toxic, more targeted treatments for pediatric cancer. We are grateful for the support shown from Team USA, their fans, and everyone at USA Softball.”

 

The funds raised through the auction of the jerseys will help support the NPCF in their efforts to increase the survival rate of children battling cancer.  With cancer being the number one cause of death by disease among children, more than 95% of children that survive pediatric cancer end up with significant health-related issues by the time they are 45 due to the toxic drugs designed for adults.  The NPCF, which has received a perfect score of 100 from charity watchdog Charity Navigator, funds research through a collaborative network of 22 hospitals nationwide to fast-track less toxic and more targeted treatments.    

 

For more information on the NPCF, please visit NationalPCF.org.

 

About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 69 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 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game. 

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, 
www.USASoftball.com.

 

About National Pediatric Cancer Foundation

The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer. Our focus is to fund research to fast-track less toxic, more targeted treatments by partnering with 22 leading hospitals nationwide.