By Rep. Kristi Noem
Pierre S.D. (KELO AM) - Like many South Dakotans, I enjoy spending the summer evenings outside and at the ball fields on the weekends. Although I’m away from family while I’m in D.C., I do try to run outside to get a breath of fresh air or find an opportunity to spend some time outdoors. I recently had the opportunity to play in the Congressional Women’s Softball Game, an annual event where female lawmakers team up and play female members of the media in a softball game for charity.
This wasn’t a task we took lightly. Starting months ago, we began practices at 7AM Tuesday and Thursday mornings to work on our fundamentals, such as hitting, grounding, throwing and pitching. It was also a great opportunity for all of us to get to know one another and to learn how to work together as a team.
When we took the field on game day, more than 1,000 people were in attendance. All proceeds of the ticket sales went to benefit the Young Survival Coalition (YSC), a global organization dedicated to critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. In particular, the YSC offers resources, connections and outreach to young women with breast cancer.
While we may not agree on every policy considered in Congress, both Democratic and Republican women came together and united for an incredible cause. We can even agree with the media on this one! According to the American Cancer Society, about 12 percent of women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. Preceded by only lung cancer, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women.
We ended up losing the game 11-8, but at the end of the night it didn’t matter who came out victorious, because roughly $125,000 was raised for the Young Survival Coalition and a new coalition of females from both the House and Senate was created. I hope you’ll visit this website for some photos of the game: http://www.congwomensoftball.org/.