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SGMA & Its Member Companies Support Congressional Baseball Game

Date: 6/29/12

SILVER SPRING, MD – June 29, 2012 – At last night’s Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, the Democrats were seeking their fourth consecutive victory over the Republicans in a game that dates back to 1909.  In last year’s game, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) was the key player in the game as he pitched a complete game and had 13 strikeouts.  This year, it was more of the same as the Democrats rolled to yet another win, 18-5.  And, Richmond, 38, who played college baseball in the 1990s at Morehouse College, pitched another complete game.  Just like last year, he was named the MVP of the game. 

This was the fourth consecutive victory for the Democrats in the game which was played at Nationals Park, the home of the Washington Nationals, located in downtown Washington, D.C. 

Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) was the winning manager. 

Despite the defeat, the Republicans still lead the overall series, 38-35-1.

With that win, the Democrats take a 1-0 lead for the Roll Call Trophy which is given to the squad which wins the most recent best-of-five series.  A new five-year series started with yesterday’s game.

Last night before the game, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) was inducted into the Congressional Baseball Game Hall of Fame.  Paul also threw out the first pitch to his son Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

This annual game raises money for two local charities:  the Washington Literacy Council and the Greater Washington Boys & Girls Clubs.  

Equipment used by both teams – in the game and during practices leading up to the big event – was donated by SGMA members DeMarini, Louisville Slugger, Mizuno, Rawlings, Reebok, and the Wilson Sporting Goods Company.   The baseball equipment will be donated to the Washington Boys & Girls Clubs and Washington, D.C. Public Schools to help increase youth participation in baseball in the D.C. area.

“SGMA and its member companies are always proud to support worthy causes through Congressional sports.  It’s a way to enhance the industry’s image and encourage physical activity, which is a key component in this nation’s struggle against obesity,” said Bill Sells, SGMA’s vice president of governmental relations.  “SGMA is also involved with the Congressional Football Game to raise money for the Capitol Hill Police Memorial Fund.”

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.

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