This is definitely exciting news for the county, for the Pride and for USSSA!
As quoted from the Osceola County Website:
“Osceola Board of County Commissioners proclaimed USSSA Florida Pride Day on Monday during a meeting in which Commissioner Frank Attkisson had made a special presentation.
The Florida Pride roster includes 7 Olympic Medalists and 6 Women’s College World Series Champions. From May-August, the Pride players live and train in Osceola County. They practice and play home games at complexes in the area including the Fortune Road Softball Complex, Osceola County Stadium and ESPN Wide World of Sports.“
The USSSA Pride have called Kissimmee, FL which is in Osceola County home since the franchise was moved here back in 2009. The players and team love being in the heart of Central Florida where they have access to some great local facilities and can enjoy the wonderful climate which allows for comfortable practicing weather year round and during the NPF season. The Pride took part in a parade through downtown Kissimmee earlier in the summer as part of their relationship with the City of Kissimmee and the County.
Local businessman Sonny Bueoncervello was key in introducing the USSSA Florida Pride to the Osceola County Commission and was invited to attend the presentation of the Osceola County Proclamation that henceforth August 6th 2012 will be known as USSSA Florida Pride Day. Pride star pitcher and US Olympian Cat Osterman wasn’t present for the presentation but was honored with a road sign for “Cat’s Way” as a thanks for the Pride’s presence and commitment to Osceola County.
The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. 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 since 2002.
The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit USSSA.com. Also be sure to visit USSSAToday.com for the latest USSSA News!