Scrap Yard Sports named presenting sponsor of inaugural Gold Ball Gala

May 25, 2019, 10:47 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — USA Softball is proud to announce Scrap Yard Sports as the presenting sponsor of the inaugural Gold Ball Gala. Held on May 29, the Gold Ball Gala serves as a fundraiser for the USA Softball National Team Program with proceeds raised going directly to help fund both current and future National Teams in their efforts to stand atop the podium.

“We continue to be proud of our ongoing support of USA Softball and the USA Women’s National Team as they prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” said Scrap Yard Sports Director of Operations, Connie May. “Watching the softball community come together to support America’s quest for another Olympic Gold Medal makes my heart swell with pride. The United States softball community is 100% on board in supporting the Women’s National Team as we once again go for the gold!”

Scrap Yard Sports, located near The Woodlands, Texas, is a premier sports facility in the Houston Area. The Scrap Yard Sports Complex includes 10 all-turf fields, 14 indoor batting cages/pitching lanes and a 15,000 square foot indoor training facility.

“USA Softball appreciates the support from Scrap Yard Sports for our National Team Program,” said USA Softball Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Craig Cress. “Without the backing and generosity of supporters of the program, many of the opportunities that are afforded to our National Team athletes simply would not be possible.”

The Gold Ball Gala, which will celebrate USA Softball National Team athletes past, present and future is set to become a staple in funding the future of Olympic hopefuls and the game of softball on the international stage. The Gala will also provide a send-off for athletes before the start of the 2019 season. 

Women’s National Team Head Coach and recently announced Tokyo 2020 Olympic Head Coach Ken Eriksen will make an appearance, while athletes confirmed for attendance so far include: 

Monica Abbott, 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist, three-time World Champion, Pan American Games Gold Medalist
Valerie Arioto, Two-time World Champion, Pan American Games Gold and Silver Medalist

Laura Berg, Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Olympic Silver Medalist, four-time World Champion, three-time Pan American Games Gold Medalist
Ally Carda2016 World Champion, 2015 Pan American Games Silver Medalist, 2011 WBSC Junior Women's World Championship Gold Medalist
Howard Dobson, Assistant Coach since 2012
Tairia Flowers, Assistant Coach since 2011, 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, two-time World Champion, two-time Pan American Games Gold Medalist
Jazmyn Jackson, 2016 World Champion
Sahvanna Jaquish, 2018 World Champion
Haylie McCleney, Two-time World Champion, Pan American Games Silver Medalist
Michelle Moultrie, Two-time World Champion, Pan American Games Gold and Silver Medalist
Jessica Mendoza,2008 Olympic Silver Medalist, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, three-time World Champion, two-time Pan American Games Gold Medalist
Aubree Munro, Two-time World Champion
Cat Osterman, 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, two-time World Champion, two-time Pan American Games Gold Medalist
Shelby Pendley, 2010 Pan American (18U) Gold Medalist
Janie Reed, Two-time World Champion, Pan American Games Silver Medalist
Keilani Ricketts, 2018 World Champion, Pan American Games Gold Medalist
Delaney Spaulding, Two-time World Champion
Kelsey Stewart, Two-time World Champion, Pan American Games Silver Medalist
Natasha Watley, 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, three-time World Champion, two-time Pan American Games Gold Medalist

*Based on schedules, athlete appearances subject to change without notice. 
 
A highlight of the evening for those in attendance will be a celebration of the Women’s National Team, who became back-to-back World Champions last August and became the first team to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.  This year’s event will also feature three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Leah O-Brien-Amico, and National Softball Fall of Fame member and Head Coach for UCLA Softball for 27 years, Sue Enquist who is making an appearance as the keynote speaker.
 
This year’s Gala will also feature a silent auction, where attendees can bid on one-of-a-kind memorabilia and more.