PBA to Host NCCAA National Softball Championships
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – After a runner-up finish in last year’s National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Softball Championships, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team has an obvious goal in 2009—to take home the championship trophy. As host for the second year of the prestigious tournament, set for May 7–9, 2009, the Sailfish will play once again in front of their home crowd.
Matching up the best softball teams throughout the nation, the NCCAA National Championships is a chance for the top teams in the country to show what they’re made of as they vie for the championship.
As in 2008, the title sponsors for the tournament are Pepsi and Akadema, and the tournament location is the Lake Catherine Sportsplex in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The opportunity to host is something the Palm Beach Atlantic athletic department has been looking forward to all year according to Athletic Director Bob White.
“Our staff is making all the preparations to ensure that this year’s tournament is another great success. We are thrilled that Pepsi and Akadema have generously stepped up once again to help make this not only a fun event for our visiting teams but also a memorable event for all of Palm Beach County,” said White.
The Lake Catherine Sportsplex features four softball fields, a large-scale press box and concession area, plus plenty of covered and shaded seating for parents, fans and alumni to enjoy a three-day stretch of championship softball action.
The Sailfish enter the final weeks before the tournament with a solid 28–16 record and hopes of claiming PBA softball’s first-ever NCCAA national title.
“We are very excited about the chance not only to host this tournament again but to put a team out on the field that we believe has a chance to so some great things,” said Coach Kimmy Bloemers, who is in her third year as head coach of the PBA softball program. “Our girls made it all the way to the championship game last season. Coming up just short has made the team even more hungry for a championship run this season.”
New to this year’s tournament is a planned tournament kick-off for all the participating teams on May 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Lake Catherine Sportsplex. The event will be hosted by PBA in partnership with the local Lady Gators travel softball program for youth ages 8–14. Attending youth will have the opportunity to participate in a free skills clinic led by the college teams. The clinic will feature personal instruction, drills, and questions and answers with college players.
Capping off the evening will be a cookout provided by Quarterdeck Neighborhood Grill. All together, the event is sure to get this year’s NCCAA National Softball Championship started off right.