The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today it will be donating $3,000 to the Beat Autism Foundation after raising funds with a silent auction during the World Cup VII in Oklahoma City this June. Based out of Louisville, Ky., the Beat Autism Foundation has had an on-going relationship with ASA/USA Softball since 2008 distributing beaded bracelets to NCAA Women’s College World Series teams, international teams, and fans across the country to create awareness.
“The impact that the Riggle family has made on the softball community has been incredible and our silent auction was just a simple way to give back to them as they give so much in fighting to find a cure to this disease that affects so many families across the country,” said ASA/USA Softball Director of Marketing Julie Bartel. “Special thanks to the generosity of the World Cup of Softball fans and supporters who purchased items at the auction.”
ASA/USA Softball conducted a three-day silent auction during this summer’s World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City that included autographed items of current and former USA Softball players.
“On behalf of Beading to Beat Autism, we would like to thank ASA/USA Softball for their unprecedented and continued support in the battle to make a difference in the lives of children and families impacted by autism,” said David Riggle, President of the Beat Autism Foundation. “If wearing the ‘Team USA awareness bracelets’ during games were not enough, ASA/USA Softball went above and beyond with the surprise of a silent auction at the 2012 World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City. Once again, they have proven why they are the world-leaders in the softball community. Thanks again Team USA players past and present for your love and support of the two things dearest to Michala’s heart- finding the cure for autism and this wonderful game we call fast pitch.”
To learn more and donate, please visit http://www.beadingtobeatautism.org/. The Michala Riggle Beat Autism Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, completely dedicated to promoting awareness, determining causation, treating and eradication the dreadful disorder of autism.
About ASA Softball
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 200,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/