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2023 Little League Softball® World Series – August 6 – 13

Athletes Unlimited to Bring the First-Ever Professional Softball Games to Little League Softball World Series on August 9

Aliyah Andrews AU Pro Games Graphic

As was just revealed by ESPN during its coverage of the NCAA Women’s College World Series, Athletes Unlimited is partnering with Little League® to create a historic moment this summer, hosting the first-ever “Athletes Unlimited Pro Games during the Little League Softball® World Series” event. In the middle of its championship season, Athletes Unlimited will relocate its entire roster and staff from the Chicago area to the home of the Little League Softball World Series in Greenville, North Carolina, and stage a doubleheader at East Carolina University’s softball stadium on Wednesday, August 9, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET, with both games televised live on ESPN2.

As part of the inaugural event, on August 8 Athletes Unlimited players will also take time to visit Stallings Stadium at Elm Street Park, the home of the Little League Softball World Series and interact with all 12 participating teams from around the world, providing each of them with a unique and memorable experience exclusive to this event. All players and coaches competing in the Little League Softball World Series, as well as their families, will receive complimentary tickets to the AU Pro Games event on August 9, and have additional opportunities to interact with the world’s best softball players before and after the games.

  • Aleshia Ocasio – Conway (Fla.) Little League *2021 AU Softball Champion*
  • Kathryn Sandercock – McLean (Va.) Little League *2013 LLSWS Runner-Up*
  • Aliyah Andrews Oldsmar (Fla.) Little League
  • Mia Davidson Orange County (N.C.) Little League
  • Hannah Flippen Sweetwater Valley Little League (Bonita, Calif.)
  • Rachel Garcia California District 51 Little League
  • Shannon Saile Land O’ Lakes (Fla.) Little League
  • Peyton St. George – Atlee (Va.) Little League
  • Jessica Warren – Citrus Park Little League (Tampa, Florida)
  • Morgan Zerkle Ona/Milton (Va.) Little League
  • Carolina Jacobsen – Chaires-Capitola Little League (Tallahassee, Fla.)
  • Myka Sutherlin – Gilbert (Ariz.) Softball Little League.

In addition to the alumnae listed above, inaugural Athletes Unlimited Softball champion and Advisory Board member, Cat Osterman is enshrined in the Little League Hall of Excellence as a graduate of Bear Creek Little League (Houston, Texas).

“When we talk about ‘growing the game’ and expanding opportunities for women and girls in sports, an event like this is a prime example of how we can bring those concepts to life,” said Jon Patricof, CEO and Co-Founder of Athletes Unlimited. “We are thrilled to partner with Little League and humbled at the opportunity to create such an historic event. Getting a chance to see the best players in the world up close will hopefully be an inspirational experience for the next generation of softball stars and leaders in our community.”

“Providing our players with a unique and memorable experience at the Little League Softball World Series is one of the most important goals we have when organizing our event each year, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to work with Athletes Unlimited on this one-of-a-kind event to showcase the game’s top talent and provide our Little Leaguers with the chance to interact with and watch their role models in action,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “As we continue to strengthen our inclusive efforts and increase our commitment to female participation at all levels of our program, Athletes Unlimited continues to step up with new ways to support our program and we look forward to continuing to work with them to enhance the game of softball and provide our players with memories that will last them a lifetime.”

“I am excited Athletes Unlimited is teaming up with Little League to play the first professional games during the Softball World Series this summer,” said Rachel Garcia. “As a former Little Leaguer, it will be an honor to meet and play in front of the future stars of our game on a national stage.”


The fourth championship season of Athletes Unlimited Softball takes place July 28-August 27. The five-week season will feature 60 of the world’s best players competing for $1 million in compensation, with all games available live exclusively on ESPN platforms.

More details about the 2023 Athletes Unlimited Pro Games at the Little League Softball World Series, including information for fans and media, will be made closer to the event this summer.

About Athletes Unlimited

Named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in 2023, Athletes Unlimited is a new model of pro sports, where athletes are decision-makers and individual players are champions of team sports. Athletes Unlimited owns and operates professional women’s softball, lacrosse, volleyball and basketball leagues featuring world-class competition and fan experience, and stands out as an organization driven by the athletes that play in the leagues, with athlete representation on the company’s board of directors, each league led by a Player Executive Committee, and players sharing in long-term profits of the company, all while being proactive in shaping policies supporting the mothers that play in the league. Athletes Unlimited is the first professional sports league to be organized as a Public Benefit Corporation. The second season of Athletes Unlimited Basketball concluded in March 2023, and will be followed by a new season of AUX Softball in June. The 2023 Athletes Unlimited Lacrosse and Softball Championship Seasons are set for this summer followed by the third season of Volleyball this fall. For more information, visit AUProSports.com.