Press Team Keeps Title at Congressional Women’s Softball Game

The 2019 game marks eleven years of Congressional Women’s Softball

For Immediate Release
June 19, 2019

Contact: Rachel Palermo,

Washington, DC – Tonight, fans came out to Watkins Recreation on Capitol Hill to cheer on the eleventh annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game. The game directly benefits the Young Survival Coalition, and raised over $365,000, a new record, to benefit young women with breast cancer. After seven hard-fought innings, the Bad News Babes team pulled off a 10-4 victory. This year’s MVPs were Gretchen Frazee, a rookie on the Bad News Babes, and Shelley Moore Capito, a captain of the Members Team. Rep. Donna Shalala won the Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Spirit Award. The Most Improved Awards went to Rep. Kim Schrier and's Emily Goodin.

“Every year I leave the Congressional Women’s Softball Game with an overwhelming feeling of pride. There is no other event that brings together women across the political spectrum in this way for such a great cause - to raise money for young women battling cancer,” saidCongressional Women’s Softball Game President and Treasurer Atalie Ebersole. “Thank you to all of the players and fans who came out to support the eleventh annual game. This game -- and our donation to the Young Survival Coalition -- would not be possible without you.”

Laira Roth (of the DC Breasties on behalf of Mylan), Tracy Reiner (of A League of Their Own and daughter of Penny Marshall) and Virginia Manina (from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League) threw out the first pitch to fire up the crowd. Megan Cavanagh (also of A League of Their Own) sang the National Anthem.

After this year’s game, the Congressional Women’s Softball Game has raised over $1.6 million in totality for the Young Survival Coalition. YSC’s core mission is to benefit young adults under 40 who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Their mission is the reason we come together each summer, and we are proud to continue supporting them year after year.