23rd Annual Softball Tournament to Feature Hundreds of LGBT Players

Hundreds of LGBT softball players will compete in the
23rd annual Palm Springs Winter Classic Softball Tournament, the weekend of February 7-9,
2014. The tournament will benefit AIDS Assistance Program (AAP) and participating teams are
members of the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA), a nonprofit
organization dedicated to promoting amateur athletics for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and
transgender (LGBT) community. The tournament is made possible in cooperation with the City of
Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Gay Softball League.
“Last year, we were able to raise more than $3,000 for AIDS Assistance Program, which made it
that much more rewarding for us,” says Vicki Oltean, Tournament Director. “In addition to
helping such a great organization, this is always a really fun weekend, and the players look
forward to seeing each other every year.”
Registration and a public opening reception will take place on Friday, February 7, 2014 from 7-10
pm at Hunter’s Nightclub, 302 East Arenas Road in Palm Springs. Throughout the weekend,
teams will be competing on several fields, including Demuth Park in Palm Springs and the Big
League Dreams Sports Field in Cathedral City. Competition is open to a maximum of 80 teams in
various divisions of play. Registration for teams is $425 and must be received by January 3,
The ‘Winter Classic’ was established in 1991 as a fundraising event to help offset out-of-town
tournament travel expenses for the Desert Heat Softball team members. Local host hotels have
also agreed to donate 10% of that weekend’s proceeds to AAP. For more information, visit
www.pswinterclassic.com or call 760/323-8277.
Since its founding in 1991, AIDS Assistance Program of Palm Springs remains dedicated to
providing nutritional support to improve the quality of the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS.
Initiated by a small group of concerned citizens led by the late Gloria Greene and Jeannette
Rockefeller, AAP provides food to members of the community with low incomes. For more
information, please call 760/325-8481 or visit aidsassistance.org.