This Thanksgiving weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the Hurricane Showdown Gay Softball Tournament.

The annual double elimination gay softball tournament brings together teams from the U.S. and Canada with the goal of promoting diversity, inclusion, and fun.

This year more than 60 teams from Nashville, Tennessee (Force), to Toronto, Ontario (Leslieville Royals). That also includes local leagues like Fort Lauderdale (SFAAA), Tampa (SSL), and Orlando (CFSL).

This year’s tournament director Jon Anderson said, “this is an exciting year. For the first time ever SFAAA (South Florida Armature Athletic Association) is bringing an all new focus on the player experience. All brackets, and schedules will be digital.”

The app that the Hurricane Showdown will be using is called Tourney Machine. After you download it, just search November softball events in Florida, and click on the Hurricane Showdown. You can follow all of your favorite teams.

Paulo Gerard who is playing on Tailgaters from Orlando is coming down here to see friends, have fun, and to meet new people.

“It’s nice to come together as a team, and traveling away from your home city to have some fun, can help do that,” Gerard said.

This year’s event starts on Wednesday with a Pub Crawl in Wilton Manors. Actual play starts Friday, with the championship games taking place Sunday Dec. 1.

“I am excited to see this years event,” said Donald DeSormoux, membership coordinator for SFAAA and the tournament. “It is nice to see everyone meeting new people from around North America, making friends, and seeing our community come together and embrace healthy competition.”

SFAAA is a part of the North American Gay Armature Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA). Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’re interested in playing for the league. Visit for more information.

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