Tomorrow, a bipartisan group of female members of Congress and female members of the press will compete in a game of softball to benefit the Young Survival Coalition (YSC). "I am the daughter of a cancer survivor and tomorrow I am going to play my heart out for my mom," said Congresswoman Laura Richardson. The 3rd Annual Congressional Women's Softball game was won by Members last year behind the strong playing of Congresswomen Laura Richardson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Linda Sanchez.
Tomorrow's game is very personal to Congresswoman Richardson, her mother Maryann Richardson is a 40 plus year cancer survivor. "Personally, my mother and several members of my family have been afflicted by cancer, it is heartfelt to fight on the field for the survivors as they fight daily for their lives," said Congresswoman Richardson.
"Women like my mother are symbols to show others that as a survivor there is life after a cancer diagnosis," said Congresswoman Richardson. "Tomorrow's event honors survivors but it also gives us hope. The more money we raise the more services we can provide and we can ultimately do what we all want to do; which is find a cure and extend survivors' quality of life," said Congresswoman Richardson.
Congresswoman Richardson's involvement to fight cancer is not new. She participates in Carson's Relay for Life where she walks with Council Member Lula Davis-Holmes, Ms. Incarnacion Macapagal and her mother Maryann Richardson, who are all survivors.
Joining Congresswoman Richardson's mother will be the Congresswoman's junior high school softball coach at St. Anthony in Gardena, CA, Betty Vizzini who will be "coaching" from the sideline. Ms. Vizzini coached at St. Anthony for more than 10 years. During that time Congresswoman Richardson led the girls' softball team to a championship at the Catholic Youth Organization competition. During the Congresswoman' 8th grade year at St. Anthony she was the Athlete of the Year.
Congresswoman Richardson's strategy to win tomorrow is simple: "I will use the skills I perfected under Coach Vizzini of sportsmanship, teamwork and fair play and keep my eyes on the ball, make the catch and stretch as far as I can to touch the bag," said Congresswoman Richardson.
At first base, Congresswoman Richardson expects to make several dives in the dirt, splits and Golden Glove catches... Not missing a single throw to first base is critical if the Members expect to win.