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ASA and Musco Recognize Community Service

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ASA and MUSCO announce new “Bright Light Award” for ASA Junior Olympic team community service

OKLAHOMA CITY --- The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and Musco Lighting unveiled today a new national award called the “Bright Light Award.”  This award honors an ASA registered Junior Olympic (JO) team who has shown a commitment to the community through service and volunteerism. The first of its kind, the “Bright Light Award” process includes an application form (attached) with detailed specifics for consideration.

“On behalf of Musco, it is an honor to partner with the ASA on the new Bright Light Award to recognize a team’s effort off the field in the community,” said Musco representative and two-time Olympic gold medalist Michele Smith.  “Musco values team building and fun atmospheres that help develop strong relationships with youth, families and communities.  This new Bright Light program should encourage teams to do more off the field to develop well rounded individuals, with the communities- as well as the athletes being the beneficiaries.” 

The inaugural award winning team will receive $2,000 towards registration fees for any 2012 ASA sanctioned tournament in the United States.  The winners will also be honored with 20 “Bright Light” T-shirts for their roster and staff as well as a banner for display.  The award presentation will take place on Sunday, November 6, 2011 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., at the ASA Annual Meeting Opening Session.  (Winning team will receive two night hotel costs; must pay own travel costs.)

“This award is a way to recognize and give back to ASA Junior Olympic teams that are involved in the community and take time as a team to help others,” said ASA Executive Director Ron Radigonda.  “We are thrilled to work with Musco, our official lighting partner, on this project to give back to the teams who make ASA shine everyday both on and off the field of play.”

The winning team will be selected by a panel of administrators from ASA and Musco, using the following criteria for evaluation:

-       Service must be 100% volunteer in nature (no payment)

-       Service must be performed as a team with 75% of the roster in attendance

-       Team must be ASA Registered by August 31, 2011

-       Service must take place from January 1, 2011 to August 31, 2011

-       Panel will take into consideration the following: Positive effect on community, number of people affected, impact of service to the team, total number of hours and participants

The application can also be found at http://asasoftball.com/youth/

The deadline for submission is August 31, 2011 and the winning team will be announced on September 15. Applications must be submitted via email or mail to Julie Bartel at jbartel@softball.org or ASA National Office, 2801 N.E. 50th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73111, and must be received by August 31, 2011. 
 
About ASA
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 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million.

About MUSCO
Musco Sports Lighting, a proud partner with the Amateur Softball Association, has specialized in the design and manufacture of athletic field lighting for over 30 years.  Musco’s industry leading  sportslighting innovation, Light-Structure GreenTM, offers significant advantages for your budget and the environment: Operating costs are cut in half through reduced energy consumption and an automated on/off Control-Link® system, off-site spill light is reduced by 50-percent, and 100-percent of your maintenance costs are eliminated for 25 years.


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