Summer of Softball
Congratulations are in order for the Auburn University and University of Alabama softball teams. Both teams made it to the Women’s College World Series, and Auburn went all the way down to the wire in the final game coming up just short of the championship. All of these ladies showed amazing athleticism and sportsmanship, making our state proud. As a mom of a young daughter involved in sports, I appreciate the fine example these ladies set for girls everywhere with their supportive spirits and positive attitudes.
All the excitement over softball is a reminder that the Congressional Women's Softball Game takes place this week. This is the annual event in which women Members of Congress team up to take on women members of the news media for softball bragging rights on Capitol Hill. It's a fun, bi-partisan event that benefits a great cause: the Young Survival Coalition, which is dedicated to helping breast cancer survivors deal with the unique needs and challenges they face while in recovery. You may remember last year I played in honor of my friend, Montgomery County Commissioner Ronda Walker, who was battling the disease at the time and attended the game as an honored guest.
Of course, our team is made up of Republicans and Democrats from all over the United States whose political ideologies vary a great deal. As fiercely as we may battle each other on the House and Senate floors, it’s good that we can leave politics behind and come together for something that transcends partisan politics. In fact, several of my teammates have joined me on the Women’s Congressional Delegation trip to Afghanistan, which is generally timed around Mother’s Day to allow us to visit and encourage deployed mothers who are away from their families for so long.
Last year, the Congressional Women’s Softball Game raised $200,000 for the Young Survival Coalition, a record amount in just the seventh year of the event. I hope we can raise even more this year in support of a good cause. Learn more at https://www.congwomensoftball.org/.