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USA Softball "Central Park To Sydney" Schedule Set

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-Thirty-one cities across America will have the opportunity for a first glimpse at one of the USA's best bets for Olympic gold when the USA Softball Women's National Team begins its national tour in June.

The "Central Park to Sydney" tour will kick off in late May with an exhibition by members of the USA Softball Women's National Team and players from the Women's Professional Softball League. The team will then go into residency in Orlando, Fla., where it will train during the East Coast portion of the tour.

Tour competition, which features, a 31-city sweep, begins June 2nd in Chattanooga, Tenn., and ends September 3 in Honolulu, Hawaii, just days before softball takes the field to defend its gold medal at the Olympics in Sydney.

"This is an exciting opportunity to see America's team in action prior to its defense of the Olympic gold medal in September," said Ron Radigonda, ASA executive director.

USA Softball will face four teams from the Women's Professional Softball League (WPSL) during the tour and will play its final game versus the WPSL All-Stars in Honolulu. Eight games versus the WPSL will be televised by ESPN 2, including the tour-opener in Chattanooga.

"The WPSL will play a vital part in our success in Sydney," said Radigonda. "The teams in the WPSL will provide the USA with the best competition possible as it prepares for the Olympic Games."

The national team will move into residency in San Diego in mid-July as they train for the West Coast portion of the tour.

The USA Softball Women's National Team is comprised of 15 players and four alternates, who were selected September 5th at the Olympic TeamTrials in Midland, Mich.

"The tour gives our team the opportunity to play together as a unit before Olympic softball competition begins, as well as giving fans around the nation an opportunity to see their team in action. The players are excited about the opportunity to thank the thousands of loyal softball fans who helped make their Olympic dream a reality," Radigonda said.

Over the past two decades, the USA women have amassed an incredible six world titles, five Pan Am gold medals and the first Olympic gold medal. In World Championship play, the USA has a lifetime record of 85-10, outscoring its opponents 520-35.

CENTRAL PARK TO SYDNEY TOUR SCHEDULE
Date          Location                 Facility                                  June 2        Chattanooga, TX          Field of 1000 Dreams June 3        Atlanta, GA              Al Bishop Softball Complex June 4        Tuscaloosa, AL           University of Alabama June 8        Ashland, OH              Ashland City Park June 9        Akron, OH                Firestone Stadium June 10       York, PA                 Bob Hoffman Stadium June 11       Drifton, PA              ASA Drifton Complex June 16       Stevens Point, WI        Zenoff Park June 18       South Bend, IN           Belleville Softball Complex June 23       Altamonte Springs, FL    Lake Brantley Complex June 24       Altamonte Springs, FL    Lake Brantley Complex June 25       Plant City, FL           Plant City Stadium June 29       Worcester, MA            Worcester State College June 30       Stratford, CT            Hall of Fame Deluca Field July 1        Stratford, CT            Hall of Fame Deluca Field July 3        Staten Island, NY        ASA Softball Field July 14       Portland, OR             Erv Lind Stadium July 16       Seattle WA               Husky Stadium July 18       Sacramento, CA           Sacramento Sports Complex   July 21       Hayward, CA              Larry Stanley Field July 23       Fresno, CA               Bulldog Stadium July 27       Oklahoma City, OK        Hall of Fame Stadium July 29       Ft. Worth, TX            Gateway Park July 31       San Antonio, TX          Alva Jo Fischer  August 2      College Station, TX      University Field August 3      Ft. Hood, TX             Ft. Hood Military Base August 5      Midland, TX              Bill Williams Complex August 11     St. Louis, MO            ABC PArk August 12     Bloomington, IL          O'Neil Park August 14     Decatur, IL              Borg Warner August 18     San Diego, CA            TBA August 19     Los Angeles, CA          TBA September 2   Honolulu, HI             Hickham Air Force Base September 3   Honolulu, HI             Hickham Air Force Base