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SGMA Members Help to Sponsor the 2012 Congressional Softball and Baseball Games

Date: 7/17/12

The SGMA would like to extend a special thanks to Mizuno, Rawlings, Wilson, Louisville Slugger and Reebok who contributed equipment to the 2012 Congressional Softball and Baseball Games. These companies generously donated products to the events as Members of Congress put politics aside to support charities and promote physical activity. This equipment, used by the Congressional Members, helped professionalize the competition and symbolized SGMA’s ongoing efforts to increase physical activity in local communities.

Members of the 112th Congress put aside their political agendas to display their athletic skills on the softball diamond. The Fourth Annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game took place between the bi-cameral, bi-partisan female Congressional Members and members of the Washington media. The hotly contested game was won by the press’ “Bad News Babes” team by a score of 13-10. The all time series between the budding rivals stands at 3-1 in favor of the Capitol Hill Media.

Unlike the bi-partisan Softball team, the Congressional Baseball game pits two sides that have been at opposite ends of the isle (Republican vs. Democrat) as long as American politics have been around. A sea of blue sitting behind the 3rd base dugout had plenty to cheer for as the Democrats cruised to an 18-5 victory that was not short on excitement. Reigning MVP Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) put on another impressive display both on the mound and at the plate. He hit one of the longest doubles in Congressional Baseball Game history that caromed off the top of the left center field wall. The Republicans followed up an error filled 11 run 2nd inning with several runs of their own. However, the big inning by the Democrats established a commanding lead that proved impossible for the Republicans to overcome. Other highlights of the game included enthusiastic chants from the crowd of “Let Billy Hit,” referring to 75 year old Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) who got his plate appearance in the final at bat for the Democrats.

The Congressional Women’s softball game benefited the Young Survival Coalition and raised nearly $50,000 for the organization aimed at helping young women diagnosed with breast cancer. The Congressional Baseball game was played for the benefit of the Washington Literacy Center and The Boys and Girls Club of America of Greater Washington. The SGMA and our members are proud to be part of these annual charitable events.

CLICK HERE to view video and additional photos from both of these 2012 Congressional Games.

For more information about these events, please contact Bill Sells, SGMA’s Vice President Government Relations at bsells@sgma.com or at 301.495.6321.

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