SILVER SPRING, MD – June 21, 2011 – While the Congressional Baseball Game may be the most well known athletic tradition on Capitol Hill, there’s another sports event in our nation’s capital which is generating interest in Congressional circles – the Congressional Women’s (Slow-Pitch) Softball Game. And the membership of the SGMA is supporting it. Unlike the baseball game which pits Democrats vs. Republicans, the softball game is bipartisan as it features all female members of Congress (regardless of party affiliation) vs. a media team comprised of women that cover news on Capitol Hill. The media outlets represented in the game include the Associated Press, Washington Post, Roll Call, Politico, and The Hill.
On Thursday, June 23, the third annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game is scheduled to be played at the Watkins Recreation Center in Washington, DC – not far from Capitol Hill.
This is the third such game. The previous two have been won by the media. The charity that benefits from this game is the Young Survivors Coalition, which supports young breast cancer survivors. Rep. Joanne Emerson (R-MO) and Rep. Stephanie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) are the lead Members of Congress in the game.
Four member companies of SGMA are supporting this game with in-kind softball product donations for the Congresswomen. Mizuno has provided the jerseys; Diamond Sports has donated equipment bags; the catching gear has been supplied by Reebok; and Wilson (DeMarini) is supplying fielding gloves, batting gloves, bats and helmets.
“It’s important for SGMA and its member companies in the softball business to be a part of events like this,” said Bill Sells, SGMA’s vice president of government relations. “While members of Congress are incredibly busy with their jobs on a daily basis, they know it’s important to get outside of the office, exercise, and play ball.”
The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), the #1 source for sport and fitness research, is the leading global trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers in the sports products industry. SGMA helps lead the sports and fitness industries by fostering participation through research, thought leadership, product promotion, and public policy. More information about SGMA membership and SGMA's National Health Through Fitness Day can be found at www.SGMA.com
Diamond Sports is a leading sports manufacturer specializing in baseball, softball, and football products. Diamond strives to promote the advancement of competitive sports on all levels by delivering high-end quality products with unbeatable customer service. Diamond Sports is online at www.diamond-sports.com.