Major League 

NWSA's Major League Connection

The National Wheelchair Softball Association has a great relationship with Major League Baseball (MLB). In fact, half the NWSA-sanctioned teams are affiliated with a MLB team or club.

The connection started in 1990 when the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) Rollers wheelchair softball team worked with the Chicago Cubs and their Cubs Care foundation to create a mutually-beneficial partnership. The sponsorship deal allowed RIC to use the Cubs name in affiliation provided that the team would promote the sport in the greater Chicago area. The plan worked. Soon after, the Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies and Houston Astros sponsored wheelchair softball teams in their areas.

In 1998, members of the Colorado Rockies wheelchair softball team traveled to New York to conduct a clinic. It was the first time that organized wheelchair softball took place north of Baltimore. The clinic was a success and soon after, the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox joined in.  It was only a matter of time before other teams would develop an interest to affiliate themselves with their local MLB team.

Major League Events

Major League Wheelchair Softball Tournament

In 2000, the United Spinal Association worked with the New York Mets to develop the first-ever Major League Wheelchair Softball Tournament. The tournament is open to all MLB-affiliated teams in the country and held each year at Shea Stadium in Queens, New York.

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MLB All-Star Game and Fan Fest

Wheelchair softball was on display at the 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and Fan Fest in Detroit. The event attracted thousands of onlookers as players representing each affiliated team participated in games.

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