LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The NFCA is pleased to announce that USA Softball has renewed with the Association as an Official Sponsor. The National Governing Body for Softball in the United States has agreed to a multi-year contract that focuses on enhancing coaching education, while continuing as the title sponsor of the NFCA Convention’s Softball Summit and Convention attendee gift.
"We are thrilled to extend our partnership with USA Softball as an NFCA Official Sponsor,” said NFCA Executive Director Carol Bruggeman. “To join forces with the National Governing Body of Softball, especially with the excitement surrounding the upcoming Olympic Games, is very rewarding and presents unique opportunities for our Association. “This partnership highlights education and awareness; two items critical to continued growth of the sport. Educating coaches is a top priority for both organizations and our collaboration with the USA Softball ACE program will keep coaches at the forefront of cutting-edge information.”
The Softball Summit is a 'must-attend' event at Convention. It affords attendees the opportunity to hear relevant issues surrounding the sport from various softball dignitaries. Additionally, each division representative on the NFCA's Board of Directors addresses their respective division's state of the industry.
“Additionally, as the title sponsor of the Softball Summit at our annual Convention, USA Softball demonstrates their continued support of diversity and inclusion,” continued Bruggeman. “USA Softball Chief Executive Officer Craig Cress and Director of National Teams Chris Sebren are leaders in the industry and it has been a pleasure working with them to advance the sport. `The NFCA is very appreciative of their loyal support.”
The NFCA and USA Softball will also work jointly to create additional educational material for the ACE (Aspire, Challenge, Encourage) Coach Program and select international softball clinics. ACE Coaches will have an opportunity to purchase a first-time discounted NFCA membership. The program is designed to provide softball coaches of all levels – from beginning coaches to experienced veterans – an opportunity to be educated as a coach with a national softball organization.
“We are proud to partner with the NFCA and expand upon the relationship we have established for many years,” said USA Softball Chief Executive Officer Craig Cress. “As the National Governing Body of Softball, it is our responsibility to grow the game and provide as many educational and development opportunities for all who participate, including coaches. By partnering with the NFCA, who has a very strong and respected presence in the softball community, we will be able to not only continue our support of these grassroots initiatives, but also provide additional assets to our ACE Coach Education Program.”