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Women's Professional Fastpitch adds OKC Spark as newest franchise

KOKH – Oklahoma City 7/26/2022 Miranda Vondale Foster
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The Oklahoma City Spark joins Women's Professional Fastpitch (WPF) as its newest franchise, with its debut season planned for 2023. 

The OKC Spark marks the WPF's third franchise within its first year of operation. 

OKC Spark is owned by Tina and Robert Floyd, both of whom are successful business owners and Oklahoma natives. They are known for helping drive economic development in Oklahoma, investing in education statewide, and now providing female student-athletes opportunities following graduation. Tina is also the first female owner in WPF’s history and sets the tone for the future of professional softball.

As a longtime University of Oklahoma softball player, Tina Floyd says this new chapter is close to her heart. 

"Oklahoma City is a wonderful community-driven environment that will foster these young ladies in all their endeavors," Floyd said. "As the softball capital of the world, I cannot dream of a better fit for a professional softball team than Oklahoma City." 

Commissioner Lauren Chamberlain says she has had her eyes set on an Oklahoma City franchise since her playing days in Norman. In her first year as commissioner, Chamberlain finally gets to check the box on her decade-long vision. 

"Signing the dotted line on an Oklahoma City team has been a literal dream come true," Chamberlain said. "If you live here (Oklahoma), chances are you're a softball fan. To give our young girls the opportunity to witness the professionals of our sport is priceless. We see how Oklahoma supports softball, and I have no doubt that it will do the same with the Spark." 

Oklahoma City maintains its reputation as one of the biggest softball hubs in the country, and the addition of a professional softball team continues to elevate the city's softball presence. 

University of Oklahoma Softball's six-time National Champion head coach, Patty Gasso, agrees. 

"Where else would you want a professional softball team besides the softball capital of the world, Oklahoma City?" Gasso said. "As our sport continues to grow at a fast pace, we celebrate the opportunity to continue following the careers of many elite collegiate athletes with so much more to give." 

Chamberlain says the Spark joining the WPF is not only a win for athletes, but a win for women in general. 

“The more women in ownership positions, the more doors open for those next in line," Chamberlain said. "Tina is an incredible force and is without a doubt the type of owner that represents what WPF is all about.”

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