Dallas Confident With Just 100 Days Left Til’ Series
We all know that everything is bigger in Texas and with an expected record number of teams and fans attending the 2014 Gay Softball World Series this September in Dallas, the often used Texas sized slogan might just fit.
The competition is sure to be fierce on the field, but when players and fans aren’t at the fields they will be treated to possibly the most jam-packed week of events in World Series history. Obviously the tournament takes up a large amount of time during the week, but with the Dallas Pride Parade the day before Opening Ceremonies and the Texas State Fair beginning the weekend of Closing Ceremonies there will be no shortage of fun to be had. In fact, the “Proud to Play” theme of this year’s GSWS is a nod to the Dallas Pride week ending as play begins in September.
The 2014 GSWS will mark the third time Dallas has hosted the tournament. The last time Dallas hosted was ten years ago in 2004 and its first hosting opportunity was back in 1988. The state of Texas has hosted the GSWS four times, besides Dallas the only other Texas city to host was Houston in 1984.
The President of the Dallas Series 2014 Host Committee is Matt Miller and according to him the Dallas community has stepped up to the plate for the GSWS. “The business community really is excited to support this event. We are about three-quarters of the way to our goal of $75,000 in sponsorships,” said Miller. With fundraising going extremely well the committee is looking forward to announcing a third field complex site, entertainment information and its marketing timeline in the coming weeks.
Much persistence went into Dallas securing a bid to host the GSWS. “We have bid twice before and lost the bid to Columbus (2010) and to Washington, DC (2013),” said Miller. It looks like the third time was the charm for Dallas in its most recent string of bids and an all-star group was put together to take care of all the details. “The committee was designed with some experienced people from 2004 and new members to bring new ideas to the table,” stated Miller. One of those new ideas has been very popular so far on the Dallas Series Facebook page. Everyone headed to Dallas in September or players and fans around North America that are curious can see each team that has qualified with team photos that are being sent into the Dallas Series 2014 public relations email address.
The important thing to remember is that NAGAAA runs the actual tournament and the host committee is there to make sure everyone enjoys their stay in the host city. The DD doesn’t think that will be an issue this September with everything Dallas has in store for the gay softball community. Dallas…..you are on the clock, just 100 days and counting until the gay softball community invades the Big D!
Dallas Series 2014 Notes
Matt Miller, President/Sponsorship
Ryan Holdhusen, Vice President/Events
Debra Jean Lowrey, Fields
Jesse Baker, Public Relations
David Smith, Treasurer
Scott Callahan, Secretary
Ron Butler, Volunteers
*The DD would like to thank Matt Miller, Dallas Series 2014 President and Jesse Baker, Dallas Series 2014 Public Relations Team Leader for being so professional and gracious in contributing to this article.*