Congressional women’s softball game raises $50,000 for breast cancer nonprofit organization

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laura-richardson-softballAs the Major League Baseball all-stars took the field last week at Busch Stadium in St. Louis to embark on an American past time, so too did a bipartisan group of female members of Congress and female employees from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee.

In a stunning display of bipartisanship, the game pitted women members of Congress against young staffers from both the Republican and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committees. When asked about the low, hard and wide throw from third base that left spectator’s mouths gasping for air, the Congresswoman said “I just tried to keep my eyes on the ball, make the catch and stretch as far as I could to touch the bag. I was never a cheerleader in school doing splits, so this was taking one for the team and to hear the crowd gasp and then scream… It was intense.”

Although the Members of Congress were on the short end of the 14-8 final score, the real winner was the Young Survival Coalition (YSC). The game raised $50,000 for the YSC, a premier international organization dedicated to increase the quality and quantity of life for women diagnosed with breast cancer ages 40 and under. “Personally, having several generations fight cancers deadly disease, it was heartfelt to fight on the field for the survivors as they fight daily for their lives,” Congresswoman Richardson added.

37th Congressional District Congresswoman Laura Richardson’s hit to deep left field was the farthest of the night. At first base, Congresswoman Richardson made several dives in the dirt, splits and Golden Glove catches… Not missing a single throw to first base and was critical in many of the outs.

Assistant Team Manager and Richardson scheduler, Stephanie Albanese said of the loss “The Members have been practicing for the past 6 weeks, often early at 7:00 a.m. in the morning to accommodate the legislative schedule. There has been a huge improvement in every player since the first practice and it was great to really see both sides of the aisle come together as a real team.”

The first pitches were thrown by ABC News and NPR contributor Cokie Roberts and Marcia Stein, CEO of the Young Survival Coalition. CNN Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash called the game from the press box.

Congresswoman Richardson’s involvement to fight cancer is not new. She usually participates in Carson’s Relay for Life where she walks with Council Member Lula Davis-Holmes, Ms. Incarnacion Macapagal and her mom, who are all survivors.

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