USA Softball honored by United States Olympic Committee for Diversity & Inclusion efforts

Sept. 18, 2018, 5:25 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – As announced earlier today by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Softball is proud to have been named the recipient of the USOC Advancing Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Award.  One of six recipients of the USOC’s annual awards, USA Softball will be presented the honor on September 21 during the 2018 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“USA Softball is proud to be named the recipient of the USOC’s Advancing Diversity & Inclusion Award,” said USA Softball Executive Director, Craig Cress.  “Our commitment to promoting amateur softball for all while fostering an environment of inclusiveness has been a long-standing objective of our organization.  It is our hope that by diversifying not only our membership but our staff and volunteers across the United States that we can continue to see more and more people get involved in our great game.”

The Advancing D&I Award recognizes the National Governing Body (NGB) with the highest annual growth percentage of underrepresented individuals based on diversity data for women, and racial and ethic minorities.  USA Softball led all NGBs and High-Performance Management Organizations with a 6.06 percent increase in membership for women and persons of color from the 2016-17 seasons.  Percentage increases were evaluated based on overall NGB numbers, which includes Board members, employees, NGB membership and National Team athletes and coaches. 

Highlighting the diversity growth for USA Softball was a 30 percent increase in Women’s National Team coaches and non-athlete members, as well as an 11 percent increase in people of color in those same categories.

2018 Award Winners

Olympic Torch Award: Michael Stephens

Jack Kelly Fair Play Award: Dr. Patricia DeLaMora

Rings of Gold – Individual: Tracy Evans
Rings of Gold – Program: Game On! Sports 4 Girls

Advancing D&I: USA Softball
D&I Choice Award: USA Triathlon’s Paratriathlon Military Engagement Program

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 the Assembly
The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly was initiated in 2005 to give a voice to the various member organizations of the USOC; to keep dialogue open between members, athletes, staff and volunteer leadership; and to help further the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the United States. The two-day event welcomes more than 250 participants, representing Olympic, Paralympic and Pan American National Governing Bodies; U.S. Olympians and Paralympians; Multi-Sport Organizations; the Athletes' Advisory Council; the Paralympic Advisory Committee; and USOC board members and staff.