Who is the Suncoast Softball League?
The Suncoast Softball League is the largest LGBTQ+ sports league in the Tampa Bay area! We were organized with a mission to promote a friendly, competitive, and emotionally safe environment for LGBTQ men and women in the Tampa area to learn and participate in the sport of softball.
While we realize opportunities exist outside of this League for softball play, the League exists as our special place, affording opportunities to us as a group which aren’t available elsewhere. Our goal as a League is to promote acceptance of LGBTQ men and women as well as those in our community who are friendly and supportive of our ideals.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit first organized in fall 1993 relying on member dues, sponsor contributions and fund raising activities to cover operational costs. We have over 400 active members participating in four levels of competitive play over three seasons.
As a valued partner with our league, we will promote your business to our league members, fans,friends, and the Tampa Bay LGBTQ community. Your company’s information will be advertised on our league’s website and Facebook.
Depending on the level of sponsorship you choose, a variety of other opportunities are available to highlight your business, including but not limited to hosting social events at your location to allow our members to attend and support your business.
In addition to the benefits you receive from your sponsorship, you will be promoting SSL’s mission and our goal in a positive way.
The SSL also has a successful track record of giving back to the community, raising tens of thousands of dollars for community organizations like Meals on Wheels, Suncoast Animal Clinic and Ybor Youth Clinic as well as hosting Giving Days for donations each season.
The SSL has been recognized year in and year out as one of the most outstanding LGBTQ local sports leagues in Tampa Bay. Please consider partnering with us as we work hard to continue to provide an
organization that promotes diversity and a safe environment for all to play in.
What is the Gasparilla Softball Classic?
The Gasparilla Softball Classic is our annual LGBTQ+ softball tournament, one of the largest annual sports events in the area. The GSC is one of the oldest and largest continuously running LGBTQ+ softball tournaments in North America with teams coming from all over the US and Canada. Our 26th annual softball tournament returns in February 2020.
We anticipate another big turnout as we welcome our winter visitors to enjoy all that our area has to offer. This year we expect over 1,800 players and fans from over 90 teams to attend our adult mixed event, participating in four divisions of play. Each team is composed of roughly 20 players and fans. Most of these teams will be from out of town, staying at hotels, renting cars, eating at restaurants, and shopping around Tampa Bay.
As a sponsor to this great event, you can take pride in knowing that your charitable donation is not only tax deductible but enables us to show our visitors how lucky we are to call this place our home.
To achieve our goal, we need your help! We have put together several levels of sponsorships from which to choose. Each level of sponsorship includes several benefits to help you market your company locally to those who live and to those who are
We hope you will see the benefit in partnering with us to make this year’s event a huge success!
Please let us know if you’d like to design your own customized sponsorship package.