New Orleans To Host Fifth Annual Stonewall Sports National Tournament
Jan 10 2018

New Orleans To Host Fifth Annual Stonewall Sports National Tournament

By: Michael Fulkerson

The annual LGBTQIA Stonewall Sports National Tournament & Summit is on the move! Hosted in Washington, D.C. for the past four years, Stonewall Sports is excited to announce that the 5th Annual Stonewall Sports National Tournament & Summit will be hosted in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 13-15, 2018.

Stonewall Sports is an LGBTQ and Ally not for profit sports league, operating in: Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Columbus, OH; Greensboro, NC; Minneapolis, MN; New Orleans, LA; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Raleigh, NC; Richmond, VA; Washington, DC; Wilmington, NC. They strive to develop a well-connected and diverse community through organized competition and social or fundraising events. Their vision is that every person should have the ability to feel comfortable playing organized sports and that we have the responsibility to give back to our community.

Each year, the Stonewall Sports National Tournament & Summit has experienced incredible growth and received participation from players and spectators from across the country. In 2017, more than 1,000 individuals traveled to attend the tournament and over 25 city leaders joined the summit to enhance their leadership skills through networking, collaborating and sharing best practices. New Orleans will provide a unique tournament experience, players and spectators will enjoy the rich and culturally diverse history of the city. The tournament will offer several popular sports, including kickball, dodgeball, and volleyball.

Andrew Palermo, Commissioner of Stonewall Sports New Orleans, is excited to host the tournament and showcase the city of New Orleans; he stated, “we are excited to welcome the Stonewall Sports family to New Orleans this July! The city, like gumbo—one of our most famous foods—is often cited as an example of the melting-pot nature of Louisiana. We are a blend of so many cultures and peoples, and everyone brings their own unique contribution to the mix. We are sure that you will feel at home here, as New Orleans offers something for everyone: great food, beautiful architecture, music, festivals, plenty of history and culture, and a laid-back, fun vibe. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

The organization is excited for the continued growth of the tournament, and the opportunity to host the tournament in different cities. In 2019, the sixth annual Stonewall Sports National Tournament & Summit will be hosted in Raleigh, North Carolina.

For more information, visit the league at stonewallsports.org.

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