January 26, 2010
For Immediate Release
FORT WAYNE, IN- Indiana Tech boasts four outstanding softball players who will travel to Australia this summer for two weeks to represent the US amateur softball program. Based on their outstanding athletic ability, Senior Jessica Williams (Seattle, WA), Juniors Brittany Bingham (Woodbridge, VA) and Jenn Anderson (St. Louis, MO) and Freshman KC Wright (Elk Grove, CA) have been invited to represent USA Athletes International during this summer's Australian Friendship Series. The four were personally recruited by their Indiana Tech coaches organizing the team; Becky Norris and Lloydene Searle.
Jessica, Brittany, Jenn and KC will join a team of sixteen top collegiate softball players from across the United States for the two week tour through Australia where they will be able to represent their country as well as their university. The non-profit organization, with which the Indiana Tech athletes will travel, USA Athletes International, is dedicated to "giving amateur athletes and coaches the opportunity to participate in international Olympic-style sporting events throughout the world, while also allowing them to broaden their educational and cultural knowledge of the world through the experience".
The trip does exactly what the USA Athletes International Organization proposes: the sixteen athletes and two coaches will arrive on July 1st in Sydney where they will be able to practice together before competing in the Olympic Softball Stadium. Along the way, the team will be visiting the famous Opera House, tour the Blue Ridge Mountains and be able to tour the Gold Coast.
The team will play a handful of international softball games while overseas, but that is not all the trip has in store. While in Australia, the team will be able to feed kangaroos, hold koala bears, learn to surf and experience the life ‘down under’.
Brittany says, "Being able to play softball in Australia is going to be an amazing experience and I am excited, but I think I am more excited about the cultural experience." The offer for the Indiana Tech softball team's biggest batters comes as a first for the team and speaks volumes about the quality program.
Jessica states, "I am really looking forward to this opportunity because it is huge for me and for the team, and it will be the first time I have ventured outside of the United States to play softball."
The Warriors are focusing on Tech’s season right now, but are ready to head to Australia after the semester finishes. For more information on USA Athletes International, check out their website at www.usaai.org.
For more information on Indiana Tech athletics please call the Athletic Office at 260-422-5561 ext. 2262 or visit our website at http://www.indianatech.edu/athletics