LGBT athletes are flocking to Las Vegas this week for the 13th annual Sin City Classic.

Organizers claim the event, Jan. 16-19, is the largest LGBT sporting event in the world. Ken Scearce, tournament director, told SFGN this year’s event is expected to draw 8,000 participants.

“We make sure the focus is on the LGBT community,” said Scearce, in his third year as event director. “Having allies on your team is ok, but the focus is giving back to the LGBT community.

Nearly half of the event participants are softball players, Scearce said. The softball tournament has 10 divisions for open, master’s and women’s play. Teams from across North America are slated to pitch and catch in what promises to be a weekend of competition, camaraderie and fun, said Scearce. 

Overall there are 24 sports categories in this year’s Sin City Classic. They are: Basketball, billiards, bowling, bridge, cheerleading, cornhole, darts (soft tip & steel tip), dodgeball, esports, flag football, golf, ice hockey, indoor rowing, kickball, running, soccer, softball, spikeball, swimming, tennis, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, wrestling & grappling. 

Scearce said the event grows every year and organizers are considering adding table tennis to next year’s sports categories. 

Sin City Classic is produced by the Greater Los Angeles Softball Association with Lexus its presenting sponsor. The Flamingo Hotel is one of the event’s host sites. The historic art deco style hotel and casino, first opened in 1946, is the new home of RuPaul’s Drag Race Live!