ROSEMONT, IL. – March 19, 2014 - The Chicago Bandits announced today its plans for the new Scholar Athlete of the Week program sponsored by TransNational Bankcard in Rosemont.
“We are very excited about the launch of the Scholar Athlete Program,” said Bandits GM Aaron M. Moore.“We had a lot of success in the past with our Team of the Week program, and we feel like this is an even greater opportunity to recognize athletes in our sport and area.
“TransNational is a great partner of the Bandits and we couldn’t be happier to have them on board.”
The new program will run during the course of the 2014 high school season and will provide an opportunity for a student to win a $1,000 scholarship courtesy of TransNational.
"TransNational has long rewarded educational achievements and continually supports continuing education,” stated Kimberly Foster, Marketing Manager for TransNational. “In an attempt to channel our beliefs through a community-centric endeavor, we are very excited to support the Chicago Bandits High School Scholarship Program."
Parents, coaches, administrators and even fellow students will be able to nominate a softball player from their school for the award. Submissions must be turned in each Friday by 5 p.m. in order to be considered for the award. Each week, the nominations will be voted upon by Bandits and TransNational staff members, with one winner being selected.
Nominations of student athletes will consist of both accomplishments on the diamond, in the classroom and in the community.
"This is the second year TransNational has partnered with the Bandits, but the first year for the High School Scholarship Program,” Foster added. “We look forward to continuing this local partnership for many more fruitful years."
Weekly award winners will be featured on the Bandits social media and home page of the Bandits website. All weekly award winners will be eligible for the scholarship with the winner being named on June 9, 2014. The scholarship recipient will be recognized on the field prior to the Bandits vs. USSSA Pride game on June 14.
In addition the partnering with the Bandits on the Scholar Athlete program,TransNational is also a primary sponsor of the team’s reading program, which is currently at 2,200 students.TransNational will be the game sponsor of the June 14 game and will be working with the Bandits on partnering on a canned food drive.
The Bandits begin the season with an exhibition game against the Indiana Slammers on Sunday, May 25 at 5 p.m. at The Ballpark at Rosemont. The team’s first regular season home game will be on Saturday, May 31 against the Akron Racers.
About Chicago Bandits
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 and Monica Abbott. The two-time NPF Champions play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women's professional team. The 2014 season will be the Bandits 10th season in the NPF.
About National Pro Fastpitch
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.