This week, the 35th North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) Gay Softball World Series, the world's largest GLBT athletic event, is being played right here in the western suburbs. Many of the games will be played in Elmhurst and a few in Schaumburg. You can get all the details here.
The suburbs provide an excellent venue for the games, as noted in the Daily Herald, which reported, “There just are not enough quality fields in the city of Chicago to handle the (size of this) tournament and that would meet (NAGAAA) requirements.”
Created in 1977, NAGAAA is a nonprofit international sports organization comprised of men and women dedicated to promoting organized softball competition for the gay and lesbian community. Currently, more than 680 teams in 37 leagues across North America make up the 10,000+ members of NAGAAA. Teams representing these leagues participate in the NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series (GSWS), hosted each year in a different member city.
This is a great event for DuPage County. It's nice to see DuPage recognized for its parks and fields. I'm also very excited to give a warm welcome to our LGBT World Series competitors. We hope you find our community inviting and we'll be cheering you on!
Read the Daily Herald article here:
Associate Executive Director
Democratic Party of DuPage County