USSSA East Cares
USSSA East strives to connect our softball program with the community in the interest of giving back, facilitating positive change and improving the awareness of our teams and participants. We have worked to develop three benefit events in the hopes of bringing the softball world together in the spirit of helping others in our community. Check out these events below.Strike out Autism, Strike out Autism - Salisbury, Wins for Warriors, Save Second Base for Breast Cancer Awareness, T1D and Done.
Strike Out Autism - Central Maryland
In 2016, USSSA East created an event to help increase the awareness of autism and support families affected by it. 113 teams competed in the inaugural event. Since then, USSSA East has moved the event to April, which aligns the event with autism awareness month as well as a series of autism awareness events organized by USSSA directors around the country. Since the start of this tournament, USSSA East has donated over $14,000 to beneficiaries like Pathfinders for Autism which helps improve the lives of individuals with autism and the people who care for them.
For more information on Pathfinders, visit here: https://pathfindersforautism.org/
Strike out Autism - Salisbury, Maryland
This event is also being held in Salisbury, MD, at the Henry S Parker Complex. In addition, this event offers USAES divisions, ages 10U, 12U & 14U.
Wins for Warriors
Also launched in 2016, Wins for Warriors is played over Memorial Day weekend to raise money for wounded warriors. For every win a team has over the weekend, USSSA East makes a donation in their team’s name to Hero Dogs. Hero Dogs is a non-profit organization that pairs service dogs with local military veterans and first responders who have been injured or disabled. They work to improve the quality of life for our nation’s heroes by raising, training and placing services dogs and other highly skilled canines free of charge with those who need support. Since 2016, we have donated over $13,000 between Hero Dogs and the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST).
For more information on Hero Dogs, visit here: https://www.hero-dogs.org/
Save 2nd Base for Breast Cancer Awareness
One of our most popular girls’ fastpitch softball tournaments in the region each fall, Save Second Base was our first benefit event 9 years ago. Teams deck out in all pink from bows to socks to custom jersey tops. USSSA East raises funds by contributing a portion of team entry fees, collecting donations and selling breast cancer awareness merchandise where 100% of the proceeds are contributed. Since 2011, USSSA East has generated over $62,000 in donations spread out through local charities. Those charities are Women Supporting Women in Salisbury, Maryland and the Aiello Breast Cancer Center at University of Maryland, Baltimore Washington Medical Center.
More information on Women Supporting Women can be found here: http://womensupportingwomen.org/.
And to find out more about the Aiello Breast Cancer Center click here: https://www.mybwmc.org/breast-care
T1D and Done
With so many of our young athletes living with Type 1 Diabetes, USSSA East added the T1D & Done event to the schedule in 2019. This year’s beneficiary was JDRF, the Maryland Chapter. JDRF helps find support for the community and ways to join the fight to end T1D. Our first tournament generated $1,000 to JDRF. Our goal is to increase this amount as more teams take part in this event.
For more information on JDRF visit: https://www.jdrf.org/maryland/