20 Jun

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 20, 2019) – Aussie Peppers rookie pitcher, Nicole Newman, and Mayo Clinic Health System, are partnering in an On Player Ad Location (OPAL) for the 2019 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) season. 

Newman, the 13th overall selection in the 2019 NPF College Draft, by the Aussie Peppers, became the first professional softball draftee in history, from Drake University. The two-time All American (First Team-2019), three-time Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year, and four-time MVC First Team All-Conference player, made NCAA Division I Softball history in 2019 by setting an eye popping single season record in throwing five perfect games.

“I’m really looking forward to this partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System and being associated with the Mayo Clinic name, which is known throughout the world,” commented Newman. “I’m honored they want to be a part of my journey and for their support of women’s athletics. After going through what could have been a career ending injury my junior year of college, I know how important it is to have the best care. I’m amazed by what Mayo Clinic Health System continues to do and the new research they continue to develop for illnesses and diseases. I cannot thank them enough for their investment.”

Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.

One of the ongoing initiatives of Mayo Clinic Health System is to identify unique ways to connect and engage with organizations in the communities served. The partnership with the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota allows Mayo Clinic Health System to provide high-quality and convenient care to members of the local sports community while enhancing overall support of Mankato-based activities. 

Learn more about the Mayo Clinic Health System at mayoclinichealthsystem.org .

“We are excited for the opportunity Mayo Clinic Health System has to partner with Nicole Newman and the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota,” said James R. Hebl, M.D., Regional Vice President, Mayo Clinic Health System. “Nicole is an outstanding player, helping to inspire the next generation of young athletes, boys and girls alike — this truly is a win for our community.”

Newman and her Aussie Peppers teammates opened their 2019 season on June 9 against the Beijing Shougang Eagles at their home in North Mankato, Minnesota, Caswell Park. The North Mankato based NPF Team doubles as the Australian National Team with a few American player additions for NPF action, that include Newman. Following the NPF season, the majority of the team will depart for Shanghai, China to take part in the Asia/Oceania Softball Olympic Qualifier, where they will vie for a single qualifying berth to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. The Qualifier takes place September 24-29. 

National Pro Fastpitch took the field for its 16th season in 2019 when opening day took place on May 28th in Daytona Beach, FL at Jackie Robinson Park, between the Beijing Shougang Eagles and the Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois. The 138 game season will culminate on August 11, followed by the Championship Series August 15-19, which will feature a best-of-five series between the league’s top two teams. The complete regular season will be streamed live in its entirety domestically, exclusively on Flo Softball. Fans can follow the live stream by subscribing to Flo Softball at FloSoftball.com. Internationally, the live stream and VOD are available through the league’s website at www.profastpitch.com on NPFTV, with select games also featured on the Canadian Broadcast Corporation digital channel, and the Olympic Channel.

About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)

National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success.  The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and USSSA Pride. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada, China, and Mexico, and represent the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.

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