SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – A softball tournament for the LGBTQ+ community is coming to Salt Lake City in 2023.
The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) will host the tournament, titled the NAGAAA Cup, at the Salt Lake Regional Athletic Complex from May 26-28, 2023.
The top teams from across the United States and Canada will compete to determine the NAGAAA Cup Champions.
The tournament, which is open to the public, will also allow teams to qualify for the Gay Softball World Series.
The NAGAAA says in a press release that Salt Lake City was chosen over other locations “not just for its natural beauty, but because of the warm welcome given to the entire culture.”
NAGAAA Commissioner John Deffee says:
“Salt Lake was the complete opposite of our expectations, we were so surprised at how friendly everyone was and their loving and welcoming attitude of acceptance. This warm welcome will be a great piece of our memory of our time here. With 45 years as an organization, we are built and grounded in community. What started as a shared passion for softball has blossomed into something much deeper. We change people’s lives and allow them a safe place to be themselves without shame. And that’s what we found in Salt Lake.
Tournament attendance is expected to be strong, as 80% of NAGAAA’s teams are located on the West Coast.
The alliance estimates 1,100 participants and an economic impact of more than $1 million for the community.
Event partners include Visit Salt Lake, the Utah Pride Center, Equality Utah, Salt Lake Pride League, Utah Sports Commission, SLC Stonewall, LGBTQ Chamber and Communify.me.
The NAGAAA is the governing body of the 47 member leagues across the United States and Canada. Over 125,000 athletes have participated in the NAGAAA World Series and NAGAAA Cups.