Chicago, IL —
The 35th annual Gay Softball World Series (GSWS), which will take place in Chicago beginning August 29, will wrap-up a week of softball and social events with a closing awards ceremony and street fair in Boystown on Saturday, September 3, from 4:00-10:00p.m. The event, which is presented in partnership with the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association
(CMSA), will take place on Waveland Avenue between Halsted and Broadway streets and feature local cover band Final Say and world-renowned DJ Bill Bennett.
"We're proud to partner with CMSA and the Northhalsted Business Alliance to close out a week of softball and social events in Boystown," said Ted Cappas, President, Series 2011. "We have received incredible support from the community and are especially grateful to our co-sponsor, CMSA, and Alderman James Cappleman, who understand the significance of this event for our community and our local businesses."
Series 2011 plans to recognize all of the tournament's championship teams during the closing event. Additionally, the Chicago Cubs (a Series 2011 sponsor) will welcome representatives from the winning teams onto Wrigley Field
on Sunday, September 4 for a special recognition ceremony prior to their 1:20pm game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. That Sunday is also Pride Day at Wrigley, brought to you by the Windy City Times, a Series 2011 media partner.
Sports enthusiasts and members of the LGBT and greater Chicagoland community are welcome and encouraged to attend the Closing Street Fair for a $5 suggested donation at the gate, which will benefit the Ben Cohen "Stand Up" foundation.
The softball tournament, which begins on Tuesday, August 30, is expected to draw 175 teams from 43 cities in North America in five divisions: A, B, C, D and Master's. Play occurs at three separate complexes in Schaumburg, Elmhurst and St. Charles, with the championships (Schaumburg Complex) on Saturday, September 3.
Series 2011, Inc. is still seeking volunteers, sponsors and donations (financial and in-kind). Visit the tournament website to learn more – http://chicagoseries2011.com
A special thank you to all of the Series 2011 sponsors and media partners!
Sponsors: Diageo, Coors Light, PepsiCo, Sidetrack
, Spin Nightclub
, American Airlines, CMSA, Deloitte, Roscoe's
, Segal McCambridge, Broty Advertising Design, Bret Grafton, Athletico, Sports Sciorts, Hunden Strategic Partners, Aetna, AonHewitt, Crew, Center on Halsted
, Chicago Cubs, T's, The Glenwood
, Sofo Bar, Leona's, Scooterworks, Affinia Hotels, Jackhammer
, Jim Hay, PFLAG, Charlie's
, Green Team Properties, The Revere Group, D.S. Tequila Company, Eye See Ravenswood, One Call Now, Horseshoe Casino/The Venue, Pacific Resources, Guaranteed Rate, Sir Spa
, Worth, Hamburger Mary's
, Urban Kayaks, Coady Roundball Classic, Qpon, Chicago Dragons Rugby Football Team
Media Partners: Chicago Sun-Times, Compete Sports Media, Windy City Media Group, PINK Magazine, Gay Chicago
, MTM Chicago, GoPride.com, Best Gay Chicago, Fusion Radio, Deep DishFrom Press ReleaseRelated: Purchase Tickets Online
for Pride Day at Wrigley sponsored by Windy City Media Group
, Grab Magazine
, ChicagoPride.com and the GoPride.com Network.