Come to Play! Kansas City

NAGAA GAY SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES 2019

2019 GAY SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES

KANSAS CITY WILL HOST 6000+ PLAYERS FROM THE U.S. AND CANADA

The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance is an international sports organization comprised of men and women dedicated to promoting amateur athletics for the LGBTQ community. Member city leagues across the United States and Canada compete in five divisions of play - A, B, C, D and Master. Currently, 900+ teams with 5,000+ participants and fans from 48 city leagues across the United States and Canada participate in NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series (GSWS), hosted in a different member city each year.

 

Kansas City will be the host city for the 2019 games which will expose K.C. to thousands of visitors during Labor Day weekend in September 2019.

220+

ANTICIPATED TEAMS

IN 2019

Each team aveages 15 players, and adding friends, spouses and families will bring over 6,000 people in KC.

9000+

REGISTERED TEAMS IN

NAGAAA CITIES

Each city and its members add rich diversity to the organization.

13,000+

REGISTERED PLAYERS

IN NAGAAA

Formed in 1977, NAGAAA is a 501c(3) international sports organization comprised of men and women.

48

CITIES WITH

NAGAAA LEAGUES

An amazing collection of athletes from coast to coast, including Canada.

Scott Switzer

Executive Director

Scott started in the league in 2008 with the Kansas City Barbies.  He has served on the local board, HASL, as the fundraising and events coordinator.  He has also sat on the Show Me Showdown committee for the last three years.  He currently coaching the Kansas City Hitmen for the 4th year, a traveling and local team in Kansas City.  Besides softball, Scott is active in the local community.  He is on the steering committee of  AIDS  Walk Kansas City,  co-chair and started the Pride Night with the Kansas City Royals and recently helped start the first LGBTQ volleyball league.  Scott is born and raised in Kansas City and couldn’t be more proud to help represent his City for the 2019 GSWS.   He works in the construction industry with his family.  He helps staff and maintain skilled labor on commercial and industrial job sites.

scott@cometoplay.org

Sheila Sheridan

Director of Volunteers

Sheila is a Kansas native growing up in a small town about 30 miles South of Kansas City. She has worked in the court system for 28 years and is currently the Court Administrator for the City of Merriam, Kansas. Sheila has played softball since she was eight years old and it has always been a very big part of her life. She started playing in HASL in 2002 and has participated in eight GSWS tournaments. Sheila was a part of KC Pride as the 2008 GSWS Women’s B Division Championship team in Seattle. Since 2010, she has been playing in the Open Division. Sheila brings extensive volunteer experience to the committee including volunteering with Aids Walk, Aids Walk Open, Pride Fest and numerous HASL committees.  She has been a mainstay on HASL’s election committee helping to oversee fair board member elections. She is excited to bring her many years of experience to the 2019 World Series in Kansas City.

sheila@cometoplay.org

Jeff Sloane

Director of Operations

Jeff has lived in the Kansas City area for most of his life and joined HASL in 2009.  Shortly thereafter, he began his first stint on the HASL Board in 2010.  He has managed softball teams in Kansas City for eight years and has attended six GSWS tournaments.   Jeff has served on numerous league committees over the years including the Show-Me Showdown Softball Tournament.   In 2014, Jeff founded the Diamond Dish softball blog to help promote softball in the LGBT community. He has attended numerous NAGAAA international meetings for his blog site and as a representative of HASL.  Currently, Jeff is serving as the HASL Assistant Commissioner-Open Division and Show-Me Showdown Tournament Director.  When Jeff isn’t involved with something softball related you can catch him announcing various high school and college sports games in the Kansas City area, creating content for various sports related organizations and playing or watching sports. Jeff has worked for Nolan Real Estate Services since 2014 helping the company to provide owner and third party management services in the multifamily housing industry.

jeff@cometoplay.org

Cameron Willcott

Director of Compliance

Cameron Willcott is a Kansas City native, and has participated in HASL since 2013 as a member of the KC Hitmen. Cameron has worked for Tortoise Capital Advisors since 2013 as a senior compliance associate. Prior to joining Tortoise, Cameron was the assistant director of athletic compliance for the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and the athletic compliance coordinator for Western Oregon University. Cameron earned a Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University, a Comparative Law Certificate from Utrecht Law School in the Netherlands and a Juris Doctorate from Washburn Law School.

cameron@cometoplay.org

STARTING LINEUP

HERE'S THE TEAM THAT WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN

Michael Breeding

Director of Finance

Michael Breeding has has made his home in Kansas City, Missouri since 1987.  Michael currently is employed by Intrepid Direct Insurance Agency, where he serves as Compliance Officer, Vice President of Operations, Board Secretary and Assistant Board Secretary for Intrepid Insurance Company, a W.R. Berkley Company.  Prior to these positions Michael was the Board Secretary and Senior Vice President for a nationwide wholesale insurance brokerage firm, Midwestern General Brokerage, Inc.  Michael has been a member of Heart of American Softball League since 2007 and has participated in multiple world series competitions, as well as, tournaments.  Michael thinks Kansas City will make an excellent venue for the 2019 World Series!

michael@cometoplay.org

Terri Goddard

Director Fundraising/Special Events

Terri’s knowledge of the local KC philanthropic scene is invaluable to the GSWS 2019 Planning Committee. Currently the Resource Development and Community Relations Manager for The Whole Person, she has served the Newhouse Domestic Violence Center, Spofford Home for Children, Kansas City Young Audiences, and Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey as Director of Development. Terri is currently the Vice President of Maincor in midtown Kansas City. A part of NAGAAA since 1984, she's served the Heart of America Softball League as Activities Coordinator, Women’s Commissioner, Open Commissioner, Secretary and Commissioner.  She served as the Director of the Classic Softball Tournament and has served as the Director of the 1999 GSWS, is in the HASL Hall of Fame and was inducted into the NAGAAA Hall of Fame in 2013.

terri@cometoplay.org

Tom Simone

Director of Hospitality

Tom Simone has 35-plus years of experience in the travel and tourism industries. His experience in a variety of positions including advisor, meeting and event planner, agency administrator and tour operator makes him a perfect resource for those looking to plan a trip -- be it a quick get-away or a long and detailed itinerary. Tom has traveled to a variety of places such as Hawaii, Mexico, Alaska, Caribbean, Europe, South America, over 25 cruises and more.  Tom has been involved in HASL for over 30 years, and has served as a player, a coach, (winning the GSWS 1999 - B Division) in addition to serving 8 years on the HASL board as Open Commissioner and as the Asst. Director of the 1999 GSWS, also is in the HASL Hall of Fame since 1999.

tom@cometoplay.org

Terry Newell

Director of Marketing

Terry’s professional career is in non-profit marketing and fundraising.  Terry spends a great deal of his time involved with LGBT political equality/awareness. He has a degree in broadcast journalism and he has put his professional experience to work with organizations like the Unicorn Theatre, Bridging the Gap, Coterie Theatre, AIDS Walk Kansas City, Pilgrim 5k Run and ERA.  He is excited to offer his skills and expertise to the 2019 GSWS.

terry@cometoplay.org

Chad Slater

Director of Social Media

Chad Slater was born in St Joseph, Mo and moved to Kansas City in 2000.  He has been an active member in HASL since 2007 and currently plays with the KC Hitmen.  He has also served on the board for HASL as Open Membership Coordinator during the 2014 & 2015 seasons.  Chad also serves as co-chair for “Out With The Royals”, a yearly event held at Kauffman Stadium to show Kansas City’s LGBT pride for our Kansas City Royals.  During the off season, he keeps active in the community by playing in the local dart and LGBT sand volleyball leagues along with donating his time to local charities and organizations.  Chad is the owner of All Star Entertainment, a mobile DJ and karaoke business in Kansas City.  Chad is excited at the possibility of bringing back the GSWS to Kansas City.

chad@cometoplay.org

Doug Reynolds

Director-at-Large

Doug joined the HASL league in 1988 as a novice player. He has been a player and a coach ever since. Doug has traveled to countless tournaments and World Series over the years and has become very familiar with the details, hard work, and long hours to produce a quality tournament! Doug was a volunteer at the 1999 World Series that was also held in Kansas City.  He worked with the ‘99  committee stuffing registration packets, working the registration table, monitoring the fields to make sure players had water and ice, and other duties as needed to make the 1999 GSWS the successful that it was. Doug is excited to take his 20 year experience as a member of NAGAAA and work on the 2019 GSWS committee as a member-at-large.

doug@cometoplay.org

While the primary focus of NAGAAA remains the organized athletic competition of gay softball, they are also committed to helping the community. NAGAAA raises thousands of dollars through its annual fundraising events held each year during the Gay Softball World Series (GSWS). The money goes to support various local HIV/AIDS efforts and other organizations in the city hosting that year’s GSWS.

 

Kansas City has the potential to raise tens of thousands of dollars for local charities that help our community fight HIV and AIDS.

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WHERE WE WILL PLAY

DOZENS OF TEAMS WILL PLAY ON THESE FIELDS

Mid America Softball Complex

Frank White Jr. Softball Complex

Fountain Bluff Sports Complex

20000 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS 66218

Mid-America Sports Complex is regarded as one of the finest softball complexes in the Midwest. This 70-acre facility hosts softball leagues, baseball leagues, baseball camps and national and regional softball tournaments.  Mid America has 10 lighted and irrigated fields along will 2 concessions stands, an upstairs bar overlooking Fields 1 – 4 and full restrooms.

3901 SW Longview  Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081

Located in beautiful Longview Lake Park in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Frank White Jr. Softball Complex is a state of the art softball facility, featuring 5 lighted, fully irrigated fields. A full-service concession/observation pavilion, 6 picnic tables and restroom facility are on site.  Parking, large meeting space above concession, umpire room, natural spots for vendors/tournament operations.

2200 Old State Hwy 210, Liberty, MO  64068

Fountain Bluff Sports Complex offers various amenities not seen in most facilities. The site has 8 lighted, 300’ irrigated fields. The complex also provides more than 2 miles of walking/jogging trails to the public as well as ponds, playgrounds, restrooms and concession stands. Ample parking on the outer edge of the complex, open spaces that would allow for warm up areas. Quick highway access to get you to and from the complex from other complexes or the host hotels.

WHERE WE WILL STAY

TWO BEAUTIFUL HOTELS IN THE HEART OF KANSAS CITY

Westin Kansas City at Crown Center

Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center

Located in Hallmark’s Crown Center, The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center just completed an $8 Million renovation of the lobby and meeting space. The Westin & Crown Center offer easy access to 85 acres of shops, restaurants, and theatres. The hotel has plenty of activities to help you relax and revive, including a outdoor heated swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, and track, as well as tennis courts. They also have 55,000 square feet of meeting space to accommodate groups of all sizes. ADDITIONALLY, they adjoin to the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center & operate the two hotels as ONE complex.

The Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, you’ll find warm smiles and a convenient location. Linked by a walkway to the Crown Center, home to plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. On weekdays, complimentary shuttle service can take you to government buildings, corporate offices, restaurants, and other attractions within 4 miles of the hotel.

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CONTACT

WE WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO BE A PART OF THE GAY WORLD SERIES IN KANSAS CITY 2019!

 

 

Scott Switzer, Event Director • scott@cometoplay.org • 816-204-1057

 

Terri Goddard, Director of Fundraising • terri@cometoplay.org • 816-572-0497

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