Gay Softball Tourney Benefits HIV/AIDS Patients

Palm Springs Winter Classic features 80 teams



Big League Dreams Sports Field in Cathedral City will be a site for the Palm Springs Winter Classic Softball Tournament.

Palm Springs Homes and Estates

Since its founding in 1991, AIDS Assistance Program (AAP) has watched its client roster grow from 20 to more than 500 patients.

AAP provides meals to low-income people who suffer from HIV or AIDS. Their cause gains a notable shot in the arm from the proceeds raised at the Palm Springs Winter Classic Softball Tournament.

The 22nd edition is set for Feb. 8-10 featuring 80 teams in various divisions of play and hundreds of players from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Local host hotels also will donate 10 percent of that weekend’s proceeds to AAP.

Participating teams are members of the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting LGBT amateur athletics.

Registration and an opening reception will be held from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 8 at Hunter’s Video Bar, 302 E. Arenas Road, in Palm Springs. Players will greet each other and receive their game schedules.

Throughout the weekend, teams will compete on several fields, including Demuth Park in Palm Springs and the Big League Dreams Sports Field in Cathedral City.

“The Winter Classic is always a special event, because many of these players come year after year, so it is really like a reunion for them,” said Vicki Oltean, tournament director. “The players love the terrific desert weather, and we get the chance to help AAP, so it is truly a winning combination.

The Palm Springs Winter Classic Softball Tournament was established in 1991 as a fund-raising event to help offset out-of-town tournament travel expenses for the Desert Heat Softball team members.

For more information, call (760) 323-8277.

Add your comment:
Desert Guide

Related Articles

What to Do Labor Day Weekend in Greater Palm Springs

Labor Day Weekend marks the symbolic close to summer, but it's also a long weekend filled with music, food, and a host of activities in Greater Palm Springs.

Explore Palm Springs: Sportsman's Headquarters

In addition to owning Sportsman's Headquarters and its Palm Springs rifle range, Harry Mann and his wife Ruby were quite the hunters.

Ernest Coffee Palm Springs Imports Local Baked Goods

The caffeinated buzz going on about Ernest Coffee in Palm Springs is as much about the coffee as it is about the fresh pastries coming from off-site bakers.

Thrillist Ranks Las Casuelas Terraza Among Top Mexican Restaurants

Las Casuelas Terraza in downtown Palm Springs has been named a “Top 21 Mexican Restaurants in America” by the editors of Thrillist.

Labor Day Vacation: Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands, California

Santa Cruz Island is a hiker’s haven, offering diverse terrain and trails that wind through the interior grasslands and along scenic coastal cliffs.

Promotions + Contests

90 Days of Summer Romantic Palm Springs Getaway 2014

90 Days of Summer Romantic Palm Springs Getaway 2014

Experience the beauty, romance and excitement of the Palm Springs area when you enter to be the lucky winner of this romantic couple’s getaway
90 DAYS OF SUMMER Instagram Contest 2014

90 DAYS OF SUMMER Instagram Contest 2014

Win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!

Win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!

Each month, a first place winner will be selected to win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!And, each month, three additional runners up will be selected to win a wonderful Palm Springs area Dining certificate!
2013/14 Best of the Best

2013/14 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Enter to Win A Celebrate Dance Experience!

Enter to Win A Celebrate Dance Experience!

Enter just once for a chance to win tickets to one of the second annual Palm Desert International Dance Festival performances.