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Sen. Heitkamp Practices for Congress vs. Media Softball Game

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The Women of Congress are taking on the media.

Instead of answering hard-ball questions, they will be battling it out on the ball diamond.

North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp will step up to bat Wednesday for the fifth annual game pitting congresswomen against women in the press.

The game is really about beating more than the rival team.

She's been going to practice and gearing up for the big game.

This is Senator Heidi Heitkamp's first time playing in the Congressional Women's Softball game in Washington D.C.

A fun but competitive event that pits congresswomen against women in the press.

"Ever since I did the advertisement where I hit the ball, they're pretty excited they think I can hit a long ball." says Sen. Heitkamp.

It's not a long shot she was asked to play, especially considering what the game is really all about.

"Well the game is an excellent opportunity for folks to get together and have a good time, but it is also is a fundraiser for breast cancer, so it's kind of a natural fit for me." says Sen. Heitkamp.

Heidi beat breast cancer around 13 years ago, now she's playing to help other women.

"A lot of women have sisters or aunts or mothers who have had breast cancer, I think it touches everyone and we know if it's something that is detected early, it's a lifesaver, but what we're really looking for is prevention and stopping this from ever becoming a factor in anyone's life." says Sen. Heitkamp.

This games puts politics aside and allows women to reach across the aisle and play for the same team.

"It's been great getting to know House members, and there's a lot of trash talk with the media, and so that's all kind of exciting." she says.

An exciting way to raise awareness and money for research, but first they have to play ball.

"It's always a little hard because the expectations are pretty high and so hopefully we'll all survive and no one will get hurt and we'll live to fight on another day."

The Congressional Women's Softball game starts Wednesday in Washington D.C. at 7:00 p.m.

The game has raised over $250,000 in the past five years to assist young women diagnosed with breast cancer.

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