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“Stand Beside Her” Tour brings 2020 USA Softball Women’s National Team to Midland and East Lansing, Mich.

November 8, 2019

Oklahoma City, OK - - “Stand Beside Her” Tour brings 2020 USA Softball Women’s National Team to Midland and East Lansing, Mich.



 

“Stand Beside Her” Tour brings 2020 USA Softball Women’s National Team to Midland and East Lansing, Mich.

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November 8, 2019
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OKLAHOMA CITY — The 2020 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) will be in Central Michigan for a pair of stops as the “Stand Beside Her” tour rolls through the United States in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Games. USA Softball is excited to announce Midland, Mich. and East Lansing, Mich. as two of over 30 cities on the tour that will host the Red, White and Blue as they look to capture the Gold Medal in Tokyo when the sport of softball returns to the Olympic program for the first time since 2008.  Hosted by USA Softball of Michigan, the 2020 WNT will be in Midland, Mich. June 9 for an exhibition doubleheader before heading to East Lansing, Mich. on June 10 for another two-game contest.
 
“I am beyond excited that Team USA will be playing in Michigan,” said USA Softball WNT member Amanda Chidester, who hails from Allen Park, Mich. “This is a huge opportunity for all of Michigan’s softball fans and players to have the chance to watch the best-of-the-best. I have had the pleasure of working with so many young aspiring softball players in the state of Michigan and I would encourage them all to come out and see what dreaming big truly can get you. I have a huge support system in Michigan, and I can’t wait to see them all come out to East Lansing and Midland to support Team USA on our journey to the Gold!”
 
During the Midland, Mich. tour stop, fans will have the opportunity to watch the Red, White and Blue at Dow Diamond (325 E Main Street, Midland, Mich. 48640), home of the Great Lake Loons. Game one will take place at 5 p.m. ET with the second game taking place roughly 30 minutes after the end of game one. Admission to the Midland, Mich. doubleheader will be free to the public.
 
“I would like to thank everyone involved for all of the work that has been performed as this has been a two-year process to bring the 2020 Women’s National Team to Michigan,” said USA Softball of Michigan Commissioner, Jerry Hanson. “USA Softball of Michigan, the Midland Amateur Sports Capital Committee, the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame and the Greater Lansing Sports Authority are looking forward to seeing fans at one of these great events. We would also like to thank USA Softball CEO, Craig Cress, for the opportunity to host Team USA.”
 
Dow Diamond is no stranger to international softball as the venue has previously hosted the USA Softball Slow Pitch National Teams for Border Battle VII and Border Battle XI.
 
“We are so excited to once again host the Women’s Olympic Softball Team in Midland,” said Midland Parks and Rec Recreation Manager, Marcie Post. “Their visit to our beautiful city is a testament to Midland’s rich history in the sport of softball and we can’t wait to wave our Red, White and Blue for them.”
 
During the East Lansing, Mich. tour stop, Team USA will play a doubleheader at Secchia Stadium (100 Jenison Field House, East Lansing, Mich. 48823), home of the Michigan State Spartans. Game one will take place at 5 p.m. ET with the second game taking place roughly 30 minutes after the end of game one. General admission tickets are on sale for $5 at www.lansingsports.org/USASoftball or by visiting the Greater Lansing Sports Authority offices (500 E. Michigan Ave, Suite 185, Lansing, Mich. 48912).
 
“It’s a point of pride to welcome a high-caliber event like this to the community, bringing the best women’s softball players in the country here to play a doubleheader,” said Executive Director of the Greater Lansing Sports Authority (GLSA), Mike Price.
 
Bob Every, Executive Director of the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame shares the same sentiment in bringing the 2020 USA Softball WNT to Lansing, Mich. “Take a look at our local sports Hall of Fame and you’ll see this area has a rich history of athletes. Welcoming these first-class athletes for a high-profile event like this here in Lansing is exciting, but also makes perfect sense. We’re all excited about it.”
 
With the return of softball to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games program, the “Stand Beside Her” tour provides much-needed training and competition for the 2020 WNT in their preparation for the Olympic Games while also giving fans a chance to watch the Red, White and Blue in person. Olympic competition will start July 22, 2020 with the Gold Medal Game being played on July 28.
 
The “Stand Beside Her” tour evokes a powerful message of unity aimed to inspire communities to stand beside HER – the members of the WNT, America and the future generation of female athletes.  
 
Additional stops for the “Stand Beside Her” tour will be announced at a later date. For more information on the “Stand Beside Her” tour, please visit StandBesideHerTour.com.

About USA Softball
USA Softball (USAS) is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USAS sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations.  USAS is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USAS annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USAS umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game. 

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USAS is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USAS, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

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