The Amateur Sports Alliance of North America’s (ASANA) Women’s Softball World Series will bring 900 athletes on 52 teams from across the country September 21 through 26 to Virginia Beach to play ball and celebrate equality one game at a time.
The tournament opens on Tuesday night with an opening ceremony at Neptune Park on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront featuring music by the Deloreans. Tournament play will begin at 8 AM on the September 22 at the Princess Anne Field Complex in Virginia Beach. All tournament games are open to the public.
The Series is hosted by the Norfolk Womens United Softball Team (WUSA), and two of their members, Deb Taylor and Dee Soriano, will be inducted into the ASANA Hall of Fame next week.
“This is a world-class LGBTQ sports event, and it’s exciting to see how our community and Virginia Beach have supported this and backed our efforts to win the tournament,” WUSA host committee member, Karen Brickhouse, said. “We’re excited to show the 900 players who are a participating what a great community we have here in Hampton Roads.”
The Series was originally slated to be held in September 2020 but was postponed due to COVID concerns.
ASANA was created in 2007 as a non-profit organization comprised of women dedicated to promoting the participation LGBT people in organized amateur athletics. The association has member leagues in 25 cities throughout the United States, and many of them participate in the ASANA Softball World Series, which is hosted each year in a different member city. In 2017 ASANA introduced the ASANA Bowl, a new annual flag football tournament inviting LGBT Women+ to compete and celebrate equality one game at a time.