Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790


Allentown, PA (May 21, 2007) - Cedar Crest College is pleased to welcome the Philadelphia Force, a professional women's softball team, to campus for a summer-long residency beginning Sunday, May 20.

The Philadelphia Force, which is composed of Olympians and former collegiate standouts, plays in the National Pro Fastpitch league and hosts their home games at ECTB Stadium at Bicentennial Park in Allentown. The College is also serving as a sponsor of the team, along with more than two dozen other area companies and institutions.

The Force will launch their 2007 Season with their first Exhibition home game on May 29. Their Regular Season Home Opener is June 7 at 7:05 PM vs. the Washington Glory, with Governor Edward Rendell throwing out the ceremonial First Pitch. Beginning June 19, Cedar Crest will also host the visiting Chinese National Women's Softball Team, which will play a six-game schedule against the Force in Allentown. The Chinese team is considered by many to be an early "Podium Place favorite at the 2008 Olympic Games that will be held in Beijing next summer.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host the Philadelphia Force on campus," says Joan Laffey, Dean of Students. "As a women's college, Cedar Crest College has taken a leadership role in providing opportunities for women. Cedar Crest has a history of hosting strong, athletic women on campus. Our past relationship with the Women's Sports Foundation has brought tennis legend Billie Jean King, World Cup soccer champion Julie Foudy and others to campus to champion equal opportunities for women in sports. The Philadelphia Force continues this tradition by showing their strength on the playing field and by allowing these successful recent college athletes the opportunity to serve as role models for the next generation."

Located on a suburban 80-acre park-like setting in Allentown, Pa., Cedar Crest is a nationally ranked liberal arts college for women in eastern Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. The College is 55 miles north of Philadelphia and 90 miles west of New York City. Cedar Crest currently enrolls 1,930 students - full-time, part-time and graduate - in more than 30 fields of study ranging from cutting-edge fields like genetic engineering, forensic science, neuroscience, nuclear medicine and conservation biology to continually popular fields like nursing, pre-med, marketing, criminal justice, education (including a Master's in education), psychology, communication and dance. For any information on the Philadelphia Force, please go to www.philadelphiaforce.com

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