Congressional Women’s Softball Game Announces 9th Annual Game will be on June 21st

Female Members of Congress and the D.C. Press Corp to face-off again on Capitol Hill


For Immediate Release
April 10, 2017

Media Contact:
Rachel Palermo, Media Coordinator 

Washington, D.C. – During this time of political vitriol, the Congressional Women’s Softball Game will again, for the ninth straight year, put partisanship aside to raise awareness about cancer. On June 21st, the game will bring together women members of Congress – Democrats and Republicans from the House and Senate – to take on the women of the Washington, D.C. Press Corps – print, TV, and digital.

The Congressional Women’s Softball Game brings together Washington D.C.’s leaders to raise awareness and critical funds for the 12,000 young women in the United States who will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Proceeds from the Congressional Women’s SoftballGame will benefit the Young Survival Coalition, the premier organization dedicated to young women with breast cancer.

“We are so proud to be a positive force behind common ground in Washington,” said Atalie Ebersole, President and Treasurer of the Congressional Women’s Softball Game. “For the past nine years, we have seen wins and losses on the softball field, and they have only strengthened friendships across the aisle and also served to bring our women leaders together, united in the common mission – to beat cancer.”

"It's wonderful to join our bipartisan team of colleagues once again this year to take several giant swings against breast cancer in young women,” said Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “After co-founding the game nine years ago, I'm thrilled that this will be the ninth time that we take to the softball field to raise funds for the Young Survival Coalition. After being diagnosed with and surviving breast cancer at the age of 41, I know firsthand that despite the perception, young women can and do get breast cancer. So this opportunity to raise awareness about the unique issues young women face in their fight against breast cancer, and to support YSC in its mission to empower and give hope to these women, is an incredibly meaningful one, for which I am deeply grateful."

“I look forward to the Congressional Women’s Softball Game every year where members of Congress put politics aside to raise awareness about breast cancer – something that has had an impact on all of our lives in some way. I can’t wait to get back on the field with my teammates so we can beat the Press and bring back the trophy to where it belongs,” said Senator Shelley Moore Capito.

“It’s powerful and heartwarming to see lawmakers and reporters come together to help YSC provide crucial support for young women affected by breast cancer -- and it’s a fantastic, fun event,” remarked Jennifer Merschdorf, CEO of Young Survival Coalition.

The Congressional Women’s Softball Game will be held on June 21, 2017 at Watkins Recreation Center, 420 12th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003. Tickets are $10, and they can be purchased prior to the game online or at the gate.

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