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Bradford wins inaugural contest

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Decatur resident receives $500 gift card to NCAA Online Shop

Decatur’s Rebecca Bradford is a softball fan.

That, and luck, explain how Bradford recently won the Northwestern Mutual NCAA Women’s College World Series bracket contest.

Her winnings included a $500 gift card to the NCAA Shop. One other randomly selected participant will receive a $100 gift card.

“I’m a huge fan of college softball and couldn’t be more excited to win this bracket challenge,” Bradford said. “This was the first contest I’ve ever won, so when I received the good news, it made that moment ever more special.”

Even though Oklahoma won this year’s title, Bradford remains a diehard Arkansas fan. She shares her love for college sports with her daughter Jenny, who plays softball at Decatur.

Jenny hopes to one day attend Baylor University, and Bradford is happy to spend a portion of her gift card on Lady Bears gear.

In May, Northwestern Mutual gave fans the opportunity to fill out their brackets to predict the winners of the 2013 NCAA Women’s College World Series. The series climaxed June 5 when the Lady Sooners got a walk-off home run to defeat Tennessee in the championship game. Many of the games were televised on ESPN.

The bracket contest was the fourth in a series by the NCAA partner to extend the excitement normally associated with the Division I men’s basketball to other key championships.

“Congratulations to Rebecca on her successful bracket picks to come out on top in our women’s softball bracket contest,” said Conrad York, vice president of marketing at Northwestern Mutual. “We share her passion for college athletics, and thank her for participating.”

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