Chicago Series 2011 – 35th Annual NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series is Underway

LAST NIGHT was the Official Opening Ceremonies for the 2011 Gay Softball WorldSeries!

The huge event was in the Grand Ballroom at  Navy Pier and it is estimated there were over 4,000 in attendance!

Athletes from around the country are here for a week of games and special events.  The games are  taking place at three separate complexes in Schaumburg, Elmhurst and St. Charles. Organizers say the games are expected to bring in more than $5 million in business to the city.

Nine Chicago teams are participating with at least one team in each division. The softball tournament consists of  150 teams from 41 cities in North American in five divisions.


Many of the athletes  will sing, dance, perform sketch comedy or show other special talents, at the annual NAGAAA Talent Show. This year’s event will take place in the Grand Ball Room at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare with all proceeds to benefit the designated Series 2011 charities.

* CHICAGO SINGER   Michael Scott McBride will be sharing his amazing vocals and music which  can best be described as ‘Gospirational’ with a hint of dance.

Emceed by: Tajma Hall,  You will not want to miss this year’s Talent Show. This will be like no other!

When: August 31, 2011
Show starts at 7:00pm
Where: Hyatt Regency O’Hare Grand Ballroom

Then –

Closing Ceremonies

 “Final Say” and “DJ Bill Bennett” Help Wrap Up
World’s Largest Annual LGBT Sporting Event

When: Saturday September 3
Time: 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: Waveland Ave in Boystown between Halsted and Broadway



The 35th annual Gay Softball World Series (GSWS), 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.  

ALSO  ON SUNDAY – there is a post game party event at SIDETRACK.  Singer Michael Scott McBride will perform.

Admission is free for all Series 2011 participants and CMSA Members.

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 Series 2011 charity partners.

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