WELCOME TO CHICAGO GSWS!

Hello Softballers!

Welcome to the 35th Annual NAGAAA Softball World Series website. The 35th Annual NAGAAA Softball World Series will bring more than 4,000 participants and fans to Chicago from nearly 40 cities across North America.

The dates have been locked – August 29 through September 3, 2011 – as have the host hotel and playing fields. In addition to softball, we have been planning and preparing for a variety of spectacular social events you won’t want to miss. For our first-time visitors, we know you will find Chicago to be a magical place. Just look at this quick video to see why we love this city!

From the Magnificent Mile to the stunning Hollywood Beach and Navy Pier to the historic Boystown neighborhood, there’s truly something for everyone.  For those returning, there’s always something new to discover, like Millennium Park, The Ledge at SkyDeck Chicago in the Willis Tower or Andersonville, a popular northside neighborhood. We encourage you to spend time on the Series website to learn more about the tournament and the city of Chicago.  You can also follow us on facebook and twitter for regular updates.  For those of you in Chicago, we encourage you to become part of this incredible event through various volunteer and sponsorship opportunities.   We are fortunate to have a strong LGBT community in Chicago.

We thank you, the players, along with our sponsors, local businesses and volunteers, for your commitment to the Softball World Series and to further enhancing the Chicago LGBT sports legacy! Series 2011 Chicago will be an unforgettable experience both on and off the field.  We look forward to hosting you and showcasing this amazing city!

Executive Board
Series 2011 – Chicago…

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Meet Your Chicago 2011 GSWS Board

Your Chicago 2011 GSWS Board will be spending countless hours over the next year putting together the best tournament you have ever seen. We would like to take a minute to introduce the Board so you know a little about these great volunteers.

Jack Neilsen, Chair

Jack is the Charting Manager for Clear Channel Airports.  His prior volunteer work includes serving on the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association’s (CMSA’s) Softball Board (2003-Present); serving as the CMSA’s Softball Commissioner (2009, 2010); the CMSA’s Softball Assistant Commissioner (2008); the CMSA’s Open Division Dodgeball Commissioner (2008, 2009); the CMSA’s Thursday Softball Board (2004-Present); the CMSA’s Thursday Softball Commissioner (2007-Present); and, the CMSA’s Thursday Fall Softball Commissioner (2007-Present).

Ted Cappas, President

Ted’s prior volunteer work includes: serving as Co-Chair of Sports for Gay Games VI, Chicago; assisting in the start-up of the National Gay Basketball Association and serving as a Co-Chair; and, serving as Tournament Director for the Coady Roundball Classic basketball tournament for seven years.  Ted is currently a self-employed collateral field examiner, performing due diligence audits for commercial lending institutions on loans ranging from $1 million to $200 million.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his MBA from DePaul University.

Brian Redar, Director of Operations

Brian has been an attorney licensed in the State of Illinois since 1995.  He has participated in and volunteered for numerous gay sports organizations and tournaments.  Brian has been a member of the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association since 1994.  In 2003, he served as the Tournament Director for the first Chi-Town Classic gay softball tournament, held in Chicago.  Brian was the Director of the softball events at the 2006 Gay Games, also held in Chicago.  He has served as an umpire in Chicago’s gay softball league for approximately 8 years and was umpire in chief of the Senior Cup gay softball tournament in 2004.

Joe Cappelletti, Director of Finance

Joe has 25 years experience in the commercial real estate industry in several financial-related positions. Currently, he is CFO of a private REIT with assets under management in excess of $6 billion.  He has an undergraduate degree in accounting, an MBA in finance and is an Illinois registered CPA.  He has been involved in CMSA for several years, including serving as a CMSA Board member; softball league commissioner; and Tournament Director for the Chi-Town Classic softball tournament.   Additionally, Joe served as Co-Chair of Sports for Gay Games VI, Chicago

Aaron Brost, Director of Marketing & Special Events

Aaron has 15 years experience in marketing, public relations and event planning and management.  He is President and owner of Ro-Bro Marketing & Public Relations, Inc. (www.ro-bro.com).  Aaron has been involved with Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association for 14 years, including softball, volleyball, tennis and bowling.  He is also Director of Marketing & Events for CMSA and served in 2010 as Field Director for the Chi-Town Classic Softball Tournament.  Aaron is the founder of the Gay Marketers of Chicago and the Chicago PR-TY public relations networking groups.  He currently sits on the advisory board for The Men’s Club and is the Communications Head of the Illinois Safe School Alliance.  He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in Communication Studies and Spanish.

Larry Kuhn, Director of Sponsorships

Larry Kuhn has held executive level positions in the hospitality, recruiting and distribution fields and is currently working as a Senior Associate Director in Development and Alumni Relations with Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.Larry has served on the Board of Directors for Gerber/Hart Library and was the Development Director for Gay Games VII, Chicago 2006.He has participated in gay sports nationally and was instrumental in developing softball leagues in Connecticut and Memphis, Tennessee. Larry’s sports include softball, football, basketball and volleyball. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Larry attended Miami University of Ohio and did post graduate work at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Management Institute.

Olin Eargle, Director of Fundraising

Olin Eargle has been involved with the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association since 2006 and participated in the 2010 GSWS. Currently, Olin is a residential Real Estate agent with The Felder Eargle Real Estate Group within @properties and has been working in Real Estate for over five years. He has a BA in Communication Advertising from Appalachian State University with a minor in Theatre Arts, emphasis on Musical Theatre. Olin has worked both for Harpo Studios and The Oprah Winfrey Show as well as with the Trump Organization at Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago. Additionally, he is the Marketing Director for The Chicago Cabaret Project and handles the promotion and publicity for the Chicago based company. Professionally, he is a member of NAR, IAR, CAR, CCP, WANT and YPC, all Illinois based organizations.

Bob Moore, Director of Volunteers

Bob Moore is vice president of the knowledge and learning experiences department at a non-profit professional association. He has worked in association management for 12 years. During this time he has managed thousands of volunteers and association related programming. Bob has been a member of the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association since 2002, participating in volleyball and badminton. He has served as captain of these teams and participated in the 2006 Gay Games. Bob received his undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and his masters degree from the University of Northern Iowa. He is also a certified association executive.…

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Fan Club Sponsorships

WHAT:  Chicago will play host to the 35th Annual Gay Softball World Series (GSWS) in 2011.  The GSWS is the world’s largest annual GLBT sporting event that brings together more than 4,000 participants and fans from 37 leagues in North America.

WHEN:  The World Series takes place from August 29 to September 3, 2011.

WHY:  Hosting the World Series is another chapter in Chicago’s long and rich GLBT sports community and an opportunity to showcase our amazing city.  An event of this size and scope, which includes opening and closing ceremonies, numerous social events and over 1,200 softball games over 6 days, is only possible with your support.  In addition, through the Annual Talent Show and other events, the World Series fundraises for two local charities.

As a member of the FAN CLUB, you’ll be part of the continuing legacy of Chicago’s gay and lesbian sports!

Fan Club Sponsorship Levels

  • Grand Slam:  $500
  • Home Run:  $250
  • Triple:  $100
  • Double:  $50
  • Single:  $25

*All donors will be acknowledged in the tournament program book and website.  *GSWS memorabilia provided based on sponsorship level.

Checks payable to:  Series 2011 Chicago

Checks mailed to:  5956 N. Hermitage Ave. Chicago, IL 60660 (c/o Ted Cappas)

Series 2011 Chicago is a 501c3 tax exempt organization.  Upon receipt of your donation, we will send you a confirmation letter for tax purposes.

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Hotels

Hyatt Regency O’Hare

Experience the dramatic rebirth of the iconic Hyatt Regency O’Hare.

Long the standard among Chicago hotels near O’Hare, the 1969 John Portman structure has been transformed into a modern and sophisticated site. Newly renovated guestrooms feature plush Grand Beds, ergonomically correct work spaces with Wi-Fi access and deluxe amenities. Guest services include a full service business center, 24-hour stay fit gym, complimentary shuttle to/from O’Hare Airport and Wi-Fi in all public areas. Contemporary meeting facilities including a grand ballroom will play host to the NAGAAA meetings and the annual talent show. Exciting new dining choices and luxurious amenities from top to bottom add welcoming touches throughout.…

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Become a Sponsor

Thank you for considering a partnership with the 2011 Chicago Softball World Series.  Building on a rich tradition of hosting world class sporting events and social activities, the Chicago LGBT community has set the bar for excellence and afforded Chicago businesses and corporations, national and local, large and small, to prosper from this loyal demographic.

As recently as 2006, Chicago successfully executed Gay Games VII, an event that welcomed more than 12,000 athletes and spectators to the city and injected upwards of $60 million dollars into the local economy. The Games, which featured an $11 million dollar budget, was the first in history to breakeven thanks to the tireless efforts of its staff and volunteers.

The Chicago 2011 Board of Directors includes several of those key figures from the Gay Games who will build upon that knowledge and experience for the Softball World Series. As the largest annual LGBT sporting event in North America, Series 2011 will draw nearly 4,000 athletes and supporters to Chicago, while providing a significant economic boost. Chicago 2011 offers a unique property for our partners to demonstrate their commitment to diversity, being an employer of choice and/or providing a tremendous marketing and branding opportunity.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please email sponsorships@chicagoseries2011.com

The Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and volunteers thank you in advance for your commitment to further enhance the Chicago LGBT sports legacy!

Series 2011 Chicago, Inc.…

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