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Congressional Women's Softball Game -2016 Edition!

Shameless plug post.

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What are you doing on June 15th?

If the answer is nothing, consider attending this year's Congressional Women's Softball Game! This game is an annual tradition for women members of Congress and women menbers of the DC Press Corps.

As a huge fan of the game, I can tell you that it's an absolute blast.

I've been attending the Congressional Women's Softball Game since 2013. I actually got lucky and was featured in an article for Roll Call's "Heard On The Hill" gossip column because I was traveling with some friends from out of the area to cheer on my favorite members of congress!

(I have since realized that not everyone has favorite members of congress...)

Over the past four years, I have transferred my allegiance to the press team, the Bad News Babes, spearheaded by star journalists such as CNN's Brianna Keilar and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report.

All sorts of cool people come out to this game.

Heather Reed / Via

In years past, #CWSG (it's the official hashtag, deal with it) has seen many famous spectators. Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, Gabby Giffords, Sonia Sotomayor, and many others have been spotted at the game.

Congressional Women's Softball Encourages Many Kinds of Friendships.

Lauren Waksman (Photo of Lauren Waksman, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, and Shannon Aber)

The members team consists of women from both houses of congress and from both major political parties. At this game I have seen hugs I thought I would never see. Kelly Ayotte hugging Debbie Wasserman Schultz? One of those "pics or it didn't happen" moments. Some of the players on the members team have said that they've created friendships that would never have been created if it weren't for the Congressional Women's Softball Game. The fans have also gotten opportunities to meet their favorite politicians and journalists and keep in touch with them via twitter and facebook.

The best part, though? The game benefits young women with breast cancer. / Via

In 2009, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and former congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson started this annual tradition. Wasserman Schultz is a breast cancer survivor, as is softball player Heidi Heitkamp. All proceeds from the Congressional Women's Softball Game go to the Young Survival Coalition, which is an organization dedicated to making people aware of the dangers of breast cancer in young women and helping them out.

The Congressional Women's Softball Game is a true blessing.

Come out and support this year's game! Tickets are $10 each and will be sold until 2 PM on the day of the game! I promise, you do not want to miss it.

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