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The Women of Congress & Bad News Babes Battle for YSC

Me throwing out the first pitch of the game in 2012.
Me throwing out the first pitch of the game in 2012.

2013 is a year of many milestones for YSC: in November our organization turns 15, and, in just a few weeks, the 5th Annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game will take place.

On Wednesday, June 26th, Women Members of Congress and the women of the Washington Press Corps will once again take to the field to benefit YSC. I've had the honor of attending this amazing event for the last two years and cannot wait to head down to D.C. for this year’s game.

Since the first pitch four years ago, each spring finds our female elected officials getting up early (@ 7 a.m.!) to practice and prepare for their common enemy: the press corp’s Bad News Babes, who won last year’s exciting 13-10 battle.

I’m sure the Members of Congress are itching to win the 2013 game trophy. The reporters must be worried, because I've heard there’s been a little pre-game spying going on and even some smack talk – all in good fun.

This year is special not only for being the fifth anniversary of the game, but it is also a very special anniversary for one of the game’s co-founders, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), who is now a 5-year breast cancer survivor.

In 2009, Wasserman Schulz, along with Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), reached across the aisle in an unprecedented, bi-partisan effort to support women’s health and raise public awareness of breast cancer in young women.
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Every year, leaders and luminaries from across U.S. politics and journalism have attended this game and lent their support to YSC and all young women affected by breast cancer. I would be thrilled if you could join me at this year’s game to help us applaud the dedication of all the players and coaches and cheer on both teams and thank them for their efforts.

Tickets are available online for only $10. If you can’t make it to D.C. for the game, please consider making a donation to this event, which has raised more than $200,000 for the programs, support and resources that YSC provides to young women affected by breast cancer every day.

If you can't attend the game, be sure to catch the play by play on our Twitter and Facebook and Instagram pages. If you are at the game, please post your photos and use the game's hashtag: #CWSG.

I’d like to also thank lead partner McDonald’s for sponsoring this game for the third straight year as well as Novartis, PepsiCo and Toyota and our many partners committed to fighting breast cancer in young women. A complete list of our sponsors is available on our game website.

The women Members of Congress will be captained by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).

The D.C. Press Corp team will be captained by Brianna Keiler, CNN; Abby Livingston, CQ Roll Call; Amy Walter, Cook Political Report. Dana Bash, CNN, and Carrie Budoff Brown, Politico, are Captain Emeritus; Learn more about the Congressional Women’s Softball game at the official event website.

The 2012 Congressional Women's Softball Teams.
The 2012 Congressional Women's Softball Teams.