Bandits to host NPF Draft Watch Party on April 15

ROSEMONT — The Chicago Bandits will host a watch party for the National Pro Fastpitch Draft on Monday, April 15, at Kings Dining & Entertainment in Rosemont. Doors will open at 6 p.m. CDT and the draft is set to begin at 7. Tickets for the watch party cost $30. The event will feature live…

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Bandits promote Skirha to assistant GM

ROSEMONT — The Chicago Bandits have named director of operations and promotions Jourdan Skirha as the team’s new assistant general manager, team officials announced Friday morning. Skirha, who has served as the director of operations and promotions since 2017, will assume assistant GM responsibilities from Frank Cargola. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity from the…

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National Pro Fastpitch renews with Rawlings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — National Pro Fastpitch renewed Rawlings as an Official Equipment Supplier and exclusive helmet supplier of the league for the 2019 season. The partnership positions Rawlings helmets on all players for competition and practice. In addition, Rawlings is a supplier in the categories of bats, gloves, batting gloves, protective gear, equipment and travel…

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NPF College Draft returns to Nashville and ACME for third year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — National Pro Fastpitch will hold its annual NPF College Draft for the third consecutive year at the ACME Feed & Seed, located on 1st and Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The event will take place Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m. CDT. The draft, which has taken place since 2013 in Nashville,…

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DJ Sanders and Kinship Entertainment agree to OPAL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Infielder DJ Sanders of the Chicago Bandits and Kinship Entertainment have agreed to an On-Player Ad Location (OPAL) deal that will specifically involve the entertainment company’s “Out of Place Art of Facts” branded series. Sanders, chosen 21st overall in the 2018 NPF College Draft by the Chicago Bandits, began her collegiate career…

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Bandits GM, mascot surprise Marie Marcum at her softball practice

Photo credit: Carolyn Buhrow JOLIET, Ill. — ‘We are all athletes here, and you are good enough.’ That served as the resounding message Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn, outfielder Brenna Moss and head coach Lauren Lappin delivered to Marie Marcum and her travel team Saturday afternoon. The 9-year-old softball player endured ridicule from a baseball-themed…

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Bandits’ Ocasio inks OPAL deal with HitTrax

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Aleshia Ocasio and HitTrax have agreed to an On-Player Ad Location (OPAL) activation that will pair the two for the 2019 season. The OPAL program was launched by the league in December and designed specifically to subsidize player salaries with at least 90% of the revenue paid directly to the athletes themselves. The…

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Rosemont Tourism Bureau to Sponsor Entire Bandits Team Through OPAL Program

ROSEMONT, Ill. — In a partnership announced Thursday afternoon, the Chicago Bandits and the Rosemont Visitor and Tourism Bureau have reached a team-wide agreement offering every Bandits player and coach an On-Player Ad Location (OPAL) during the 2019 season. National Pro Fastpitch launched the OPAL program in December. It is designed to subsidize players’ and…

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Bandits, Team USA member Flippen agree to one-year deal

Photo credit: USA Softball ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Chicago Bandits have signed Team USA infielder Hannah Flippen to a one-year contract, team officials announced Tuesday afternoon. Flippen, the 17th overall selection in the fourth round of the 2017 NPF Draft, boasts NPF experience on her playing resume, as well as considerable experience on the international…

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