ROSEMONT, Ill. – November 9, 2015 - The Chicago Bandits have announced that A Silver Lining Foundation (ASLF), located in Chicago, Ill., will be the team’s new Official Charitable Partner for the upcoming 2016 season.
Since 2002, the mission of ASLF has been to provide equal access to quality cancer education and services for all regardless of their socioeconomic status through five main programs including the popular “Buy a Mom a Mammogram” program. Over 10,000 women have received access to a cost-free screening mammogram and diagnostic testing when indicated since the program was established in 2006. The foundation funds free testing at 15 partner hospitals in the greater Chicagoland, Elgin and Rockford areas.
Additional programs provided by ASLF include:
* Chicagoland Cancer Information Coalition – provides cancer resource information and treatment options
* Evelyn Goldberg Mammography Center at The University of Illinois Medical Center – provides breast health testing, information and resources
* Survive to Thrive – free diagnostic testing for breast cancer survivors
* Keep aBreast – interactive breast cancer awareness presentation designed specifically for young women
“A Silver Lining Foundation is delighted to become a partner with the Chicago Bandits,” said Dr. Sandy Goldberg, Founder and Chairman of ASLF. “This partnership will increase awareness of the Foundation – in particular our free mammography program. The support and commitment of the Chicago Bandits will certainly provide uninsured and underinsured women and men with information necessary to obtain free breast health testing.
“We are grateful to the Chicago Bandits and look forward to meeting players, fans and most of all to provide silver linings!”
To show their support for ASLF, the Bandits will be donating all the proceeds from this year’s “Pass the Bucket” promotion to A Silver Lining Foundation. In addition, the Bandits will be holding a Cancer Awareness Night during the 2016 season, which will feature a jersey raffle to raise additional funds for ASLF. Additional details regarding Cancer Awareness Night will be released at a later date.
The Bandits and ASLF will also host one family per home game to come out to The Ballpark at Rosemont to watch the 2015 NPF Champions in action. Families who have benefitted from the services provided by ASLF will be chosen by the Foundation to come out to a game for a fun-filled night.
“The Bandits are very excited about the new partnership with Dr. Goldberg and A Silver Lining Foundation,” said team GM Aaron M. Moore. “We have had great success with our charitable partners in the past and we believe our fans will be excited about this opportunity to assist and learn about the foundation.
“We’ve had people in our organization directly impacted by breast cancer, so we felt this was a perfect fit for us. We’re excited about the 2016 jersey auction and pass the bucket and we’re looking forward to partnering with such a great cause.”For more information about A Silver Lining Foundation, visit www.asilverliningfoundation.org or call 312-345-1322.
Season tickets for the 2016 season are on sale now. Don’t miss any of the action as the Cowles Cup Champions look to defend their title in 2016. For more information about becoming a Chicago Bandits season ticket holder visit us on the web at www.chicagobandits.com or call the front office at 877-722-6348.
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson, Monica Abbott and Tammy Williams. The three-time NPF Champions, who are owned by Bill Sokolis, play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women's professional team. The 2016 season will be the Bandits 12th season in the NPF.
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball and has been since 2002.