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April 30, 2013 > Pink softballs promote breast cancer awareness

Pink softballs promote breast cancer awareness

Submitted By Mike McHugh, Photo by Mike Heightchew

Playing with a pink softball is unusual for girl's softball. During the regular season, all girl's softball teams play with a yellow ball but for one week of the year, girls that play in Newark Girls Softball League, NGSL, play with the unusual balls to promote awareness of breast cancer. Last year, the league raised over $235 for Breast Cancer Research Foundation through a raffle. But more importantly, the league helped bring awareness to the 200 plus girls who play in the league. League VP Liz Campansano said, "This is a disease that if not stopped, could be contacted by about 25 of our girls at current rates (one in eight females). It will impact just about every one of them through friends and family at some point.

Because the league plays in the Spring rather then during Breast Cancer Awareness Week in October, this year NGSL will play with the pink balls for the entire week of April 29 - May 5. Another raffle, with gifts donated by local businesses and families, will raise money for research. Even the pink softballs were donated by one of NGSL's board members. Everyone is invited to watch NGSL's games at Snow Elementary, 6580 Mirabeau in Newark. Money can also be donated by sending a check to NGSL at PO Box 552, Newark, CA 94560.

Liz Campansano says "Every penny we collect goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Our league is built for the wellbeing of the girls in the Tri-City area and their wellbeing is important to us even after their playing days are done".

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