The famous Yucatecan women’s softball team, Las Amazonas de Yaxunah, from the town of Yaxcabá, began their journey to the United States to participate in an exhibition game and throw the first pitch in the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Francisco Giants, an official MLB game at Chase Field stadium in Phoenix.
The women’s team left Merida by air today, and starting tomorrow, they will participate in a series of activities organized by the Diamondbacks during Hispanic Heritage Month. They will be present at this significant event that will expose them to the world, representing Yucatán with pride.
It is worth remembering that in July 2022, Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal proposed the matchup between the Amazonas de Yaxunah and Natividad de Sucilá, a historic sports event that took place at Kukulcán Park, the venue for the first women’s softball game known as the “Game of Change.”
This event marked the birth of the first Women’s Softball State Tournament, the “League of Change,” in Yucatán. This historic initiative promotes sports, healthy interaction, and empowerment of women, offering them more development opportunities. Thanks to these actions, the Yaxunah team has made progress and is now making its way to the neighboring country.
The group of 18 women, along with their coaches, obtained passports and visas with the support of the Governor, allowing them to make this trip. On Monday, September 18th, at 4:00 PM (Arizona time) and 5:00 PM in Mérida, the Amazonas will have an exhibition game against the University of Arizona. On Tuesday, September 19th, the Amazonas de Yaxunah will attend the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Francisco Giants as special guests.
At the initiative of the Governor, the sports field in the community of Yaxunah, where Las Amazonas practice and play, is being renovated and will include improvements such as stands and restrooms for both locals and visitors, so they can have more exhibition games in their own community.
Governor Vila Dosal’s support for Las Amazonas has been significant. Through the League of Change, these Maya women, who are homemakers, crafters, embroiderers, and work every day to support their families economically, have performed in different parts of the country at the invitation of other similar groups that practice the sport, including the Monterrey Rieleras, with whom they exchanged visits, first traveling to Monterrey and then hosting the northern team in Yucatan for exhibition matches.
Hispanic Heritage Month was established in the United States in 1968 by then-President Lyndon B. Johnson and includes countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Chile, and Mexico, whose Independence celebrations take place from September 15th to 18th. This year, due to the strong support from the Governor, the special guests for this celebration will be the Amazonas de Yaxunah, proudly representing Yucatán and Mexico on a global level.