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USM partners in annual Wheelchair Softball World Series

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This is a news release from the University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi's Institute for Disability Studies, in collaboration with Metro Area Community Empowerment (MACE) Foundation, have teamed up to present this year's 40th Annual Wheelchair Softball World Series.

Hosted by the Deep South Hurricanes wheelchair softball team, the event will take place August 10-13, beginning each day at 8:30 a.m., at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.  

“We are honored to be hosting the World Series for the second year in a row,” said event organizer, Antonio Wright. “This year is so special because it's the 40th annual event. Teams came down last year to compete and had such a great time that they decided to have it here again on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's wife, Deborah Bryant, was among a host of others to attend last year's event. 

“Last year was my first time to attend a wheelchair softball game, and I was in awe of how hard these guys play,” said Bryant. “Their determination is a great inspiration to watch as they dive for plays and race around the bases. I hope everyone on the coast will take this opportunity to support the teams from around the country and the world who are visiting our state and show them the true meaning of southern hospitality.” 

This year's event is brought to you in part by Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS), the Craig H. Nelson Foundation, Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, Mississippi Paralysis Association (MPA), the City of Gulfport, and Walmart.

For more information, contact Antonio Wright at 601.918.5830 or Chris Etherage at 601.832.2620.
 

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