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L <br />.a <br />�Elr 716 41 <br />`, • �+ M1 = 4WD - -* - -' _"ti .Ti i �.l x— .4. 9r, <br />+•' ! ` �' __ v � ,� '*s 0i4,.* <br />NEWS RELEASE <br />March 20, 2008 <br />Contact • John Byers, Softball Commissioner, 574 282 1449 <br />Susan O'Connor, Director of Recreation, 574.299 -4768 ext. 244 <br />Mark Bradley, Director of Marketing, 574.299.4768 ext. 240 <br />South Bend to Again Host the U.S. Olympic Women's <br />Softball Team on the " "Bound 4 Beijing" Tour <br />SOUTH BEND, Indiana — The City of South Bend, the South Bend Parks & Recreation <br />Department, the South Bend Regional Sports Commission, and St. Joseph's Regional <br />Medical Center will once again host the U.S. Olympic Women's Softball Team. This <br />unprecedented third event takes place on Thursday, June I9t", 2008, at the Belleville <br />Softball Complex. The visit is part of the " "Bound 4 Beijing" national tour, which will <br />stop in forty -six cities across the country, in preparation for the trip to China for the <br />2008 Olympic Games. The U.S. Olympic Team will compete against a college all -star <br />team, comprised of the region's top collegiate women softball players coached by Dawn <br />Austin, and assisted by her husband Steve Austin. <br />" "We are very excited that the Olympic Women's Softball Team is returning to South <br />Bend for the third consecutive Olympic cycle," said South Bend Mayor Stephen J. <br />Luecke. " "Sports I / /ustrated ranked South Bend among America's Top 50 sports cities <br />and we trust Olympians will catch this spirit and appreciate the high quality of the <br />Belleville Softball Complex. We are proud to host an event of this stature and provide <br />an opportunity for local residents and young athletes to see these world -class <br />competitors, who will face off later this year in Beijing, China." <br />Phil St. Clair, Executive Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of South Bend, <br />announced the event will consist of one game beginning at 7:00 p.m. (EST), Thursday, <br />June I9t", at the Belleville Softball Complex. The Olympic Team will be available for <br />autographs and pictures approximately 20 minutes after the game has been completed. <br />"On behalf of the South Bend /Mishawaka Convention and Visitors Bureau and the South <br />Bend Regional Sports Commission, I am excited to welcome the United States Olympic <br />Women's Softball Team to South Bend," stated Gary Wheat, who serves are Executive <br />Director of the CVB and chairs the Commission. " "The team represents the finest <br />qualities that our country has to offer, and it is an honor to showcase their talent in our <br />community." <br />(more) <br />