TAMPA, Fla. – The second-annual Champions Festival™ is scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 26, 2012, at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center near the Chicago Bandits Field in Rosemont, Ill. The two-hour event will begin at 10 a.m. CT and will include Olympians Crystl Bustos, Lori Harrigan-Mackand, Michele Smith, and Christie Ambrosi along with many NFCA Hall of Fame head coaches, including NFCA Hall of Famers Margie Wright, Gayle Blevins, Cindy Bristow and Sue Enquist. The Champions Festival™ precedes Game #2 of the NPF Championship Finals (best of three) is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Contact Championsfestival.com to purchase Champions Festival™ tickets. Attend the Champions Festival and you will receive free admission Sunday to the NPF Championship Series Finals.

Pending the NPF Series schedule, Champions Festival™ will also have appearances by Olympians Monica Abbott, Andrea Duran, Vicky Galindo Kelly Kretschman, Lauren Lappin, Caitlin Lever, Caitlin Lowe, Jessica Mendoza, and Natasha Watley.

The Festival is supported by National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), ASA/USA Softball, and the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA).

Champions Festival™ was developed by Sue Enquist, former UCLA player and head coach, 11-time National Champion and inductee to four Hall of Fames. The Festival is directed by Women’s Professional Softball League Coach of the Year (2000) Cindy Bristow and business executive Robin Pokoj, both from Softball Excellence.

“The Champions Festival™ is your gateway to creating your own Champions mindset,” said Bristow. “Learn from Olympic and national champions how to think, act, and play like a champion!”

Features of the Champions Festival™ include a Champions’ Toolbox: mental toughness, technical softball instruction, nutrition, and college recruiting insight from former NCAA coaches and players.

“We want to recalibrate how the softball player views competition,” said Enquist. “It’s about committing to the Champion’s Declaration that shapes your actions day to day. The player, her parents and youth coaches will leave with a clear roadmap for excellence and have a lot of fun in the process!”

The inaugural Champions Festival™ took place on June 6, 2011, in conjunction with the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. The Champions Festival is an indoor leadership, softball instruction, and recruit education event for the parent, player, and coach of all ages.

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