The Amateur Sports Alliance of North America (ASANA) and the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) are joining forces with the Emerald City Softball Association Series 2008 Committee to host the 32nd Gay Softball World Series. It will be held in Seattle, WA August 25-30.
Nearly 4,000 American and Canadian athletes and fans representing 179 teams will gather in Seattle to take part in and enjoy the competition. The teams will play games at five King County softball complexes to award national champions in eight divisions
This year’s World Series will be one of the largest sporting events ever held in the Puget Sound region, bringing more athletes to the area than the 1990 Goodwill Games.
“August is the best time of the year to come to Seattle. We practically guarantee sunshine! But more importantly we are proud to be hosting the series and showcasing the talent, dedication and enthusiasm of GLBT athletes and fans to the people of this region,” said Ron Taylor, Media/P.R. Director for the ECSA host committee.
Former San Francisco 49ers running back Dave Kopay will throw the ceremonial first pitch at the August 24 opening ceremony at the Seattle Center.
Dubbed “Northwest Quest,” the theme of this year’s competition is meant to highlight the outdoor spirit of the Pacific Northwest and to reflect the challenge of winning a national championship.
While the afternoons are reserved for heated competition, the evenings are for fun and celebrating. The ECSA host committee has planned a slew of activities, including pool & street parties, a talent show fundraiser, a night out at a Seattle Mariners game, a Seattle Storm night (against Sheryl Swoopes’ Houston Comets), and more!
Anyone wishing to attend, volunteer, sponsor the competition or compete should visit www.series2008.org.
Created in 2007, the Amateur Sports Alliance of North America (ASANA) is a new non-profit sports association dedicated to promoting amateur athletics for the gay and lesbian community. ASANA's current focus is on the development and support of women's softball with 26 member cities and as host to the Softball World Series. Before emerging as our own organization, the women's division was a part of the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) with our first women's division competition played in Milwaukee, WI in 1985. Moving forward, ASANA will continue to grow and support gay and lesbian athletics for all.
Created in 1977, the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) is a nonprofit international organization comprised of men and women dedicated to promoting amateur athletics for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community. NAGAAA's current membership includes over 680 teams from 37 leagues throughout the United States and Canada. Teams representing these leagues participate annually in NAGAAA's Gay Softball World Series (GSWS), hosted each year by a different member city.