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Lee County to host USA Softball Women’s National Team training Aug. 1-2

Lee County is pleased to announce it will host the USA Softball Women’s National Team for a training program Tuesday, Aug. 1, through Wednesday, Aug. 2, at City of Palms Park. Spectators can see members of the Women’s National Team, vying for a chance to represent the United States at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in action during training sessions 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. each day.

Team USA’s training camp will bring 20 athletes, plus coaches and national staff, to Lee County in preparation for the upcoming Pan American Women’s Softball Championships, hosted by the Dominican Republic Aug. 4-13. The Pan American Championships sit prominently on the team’s international competitive calendar this year, as that contest alone will serve as a qualifier to both the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship in Chiba, Japan, as well as the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

“We are looking forward to training in Fort Myers next week as this will help us in preparing to win the Gold Medal at the Pan American Championships in the Dominican Republic,” Head Coach Ken Eriksen said. “Lee County has first-class facilities and for us to have the ability to work with a group of people that understand what it takes to be successful on the ballfield really helps our program.”

Serving as the home field for Florida SouthWestern State College’s men’s baseball and women’s softball teams, City of Palms Park, 2201 Edison Ave., Fort Myers, is well established in hosting an array of high profile sporting activities, also including Sun Conference Baseball Championships, Roy Hobbs World Series, Perfect Game events, as well as international team trainings.

For more information, visit the Lee County Sports Development website at www.leegov.com/sports.

About Lee County Sports Development
Lee County Sports Development was created in 2003 to meet the growing demand for sports development in Lee County, and is recognized by the Florida Sports Foundation as one of the state’s 25 Regional Sports Commissions. The Lee County Sports Development office leads the recruitment and implementation of amateur and professional sports events and activities in Lee County, with the goal of providing economic impact to Lee County. Through local partnerships with Lee County Parks & Recreation and others, the Lee County Sports Development office provides services designed to address the needs of local, national and international sports entities including housing, access to venues, event management, transportation assistance, event promotion, marketing and local sponsorship opportunities. For more information, call 239-533-5273 or visit www.leegov.com/sports.

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