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02/21/18 – Owensboro Health Announced as New Title Sponsor for State Softball

February 21, 2018 2017-2018 News Releases


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2018

The KHSAA State Softball Tournament will boast a new title sponsor in 2018, with Owensboro Health signing on to support an event which has called Owensboro’s Jack C. Fisher Park home for the last 10 years. Opening in June of 2013, Owensboro Health Regional Hospital serves the medical needs of 12 counties in Western Kentucky and two counties in Southern Indiana, delivering 1,900 babies, performing 200 open-heart procedures, 600 hip and knee replacements, with 65,000 Emergency Department visits and 1.2 million lab tests on average.

“Owensboro Health is proud to sponsor one of the state’s premier sporting events and to welcome softball fans from across Kentucky,” said Brian Hamby, director of Marketing and Public Relations for Owensboro Health. “By investing in student athletics, our goal is to promote the value of teamwork, fair play and good health for the next generation and to encourage Kentuckians to get involved in building strong, healthy communities. We look forward to an exciting tournament!”

Fastpitch Softball became a sanctioned KHSAA sport in 1995, with the city of Owensboro hosting the event 16 times during the course of the sport’s 23-year history. The first two State Softball Tournaments were played at Jack C. Fisher Park in 1995 and 1996, with the event moving to Owensboro’s Panther Creek Park in 1997 and 1999. The tournament returned to Jack C. Fisher Park in 2004 and 2005, and has been played there every year since 2008. The upcoming 2018 tournament will mark the 11th-consecutive championship at Jack C. Fisher Park (15th overall) and the 17th State Softball Tournament to take place in Owensboro.

“The entire Owensboro community has long been supportive of softball and has shown it again by stepping up to support the young ladies participating in the state tournament,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Partnering with such a strong community leader like Owensboro Health is a natural fit for our Association.”

The 2018 Owensboro Health/KHSAA State Softball Tournament will take place June 7-9. For more information on Owensboro Health, visit


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The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 279 member schools both public and private. The KHSAA sanctions 44 state championships in 13 sports and 5 sport-activities, licenses and trains over 4,000 officials, provides catastrophic insurance for its more than 70,000 member school student-athletes, as well as overseeing coaching education and sports safety programs.