2021 Novice Sports activities Alliance of North America World Sequence hosted in Virginia Seaside

Greater than 50 groups are competing this week, and the entire gamers are a part of the LGBTQ ladies’s + group.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — 1000’s of individuals made their option to Virginia Seaside this week for a softball match via the 2021 Novice Sports activities Alliance of North America World Sequence (ASANA.)

Gamers got here all the best way from Washington and Florida to Georgia and Tennessee to take part.

67-year-old Anita and Berna Whiteside are from the Windy Metropolis and performed within the competitors. They go by Twin One and Twin Two.

“We grew up within the initiatives so we grew up enjoying exterior within the dust,” Anita Whiteside stated. 

They have been enjoying the sport for 50 years and stated they adore it.

“She’s a a lot better softball participant. She truly taught me play. Wow, yeah. She taught me play softball,” defined Berna Whiteside. “I did not gravitate towards softball till later than her. She did not like getting soiled, I did not like getting soiled. Haha, I hated getting soiled. I hated getting my socks soiled.”

Anita and Berna spent their week on the Princess Anne Athletic Complicated, enjoying and cheering for his or her pals who performed a softball recreation earlier than their recreation.

“We’re so excited to be in Virginia Seaside,” ASANA Commissioner Angela Smith stated.

Greater than 50 groups are competing this week, and and all of the gamers are a part of the LGBTQ ladies’s + group.

“We’re the primary LGBTQ + group that has truly held a match in Virginia Seaside,” Smith stated. “For us, it is about consciousness and everybody seeing our group and supporting us.”

Organizers stated it is a lot extra than simply enjoying a recreation.

“Everyone knows that everybody is accepted and liked, and we all know that we love one another and we all know it is our duty to make everybody really feel welcome,” Smith stated.

Anita and Berna, who’re the 2 oldest gamers within the match, say they’re able to carry on competing.

“We gonna play till we won’t play anymore. We gonna do wheelchair softball if it occurs,” Berna Whiteside stated.

 Gamers within the match wore pink on Friday to honor and bear in mind breast cancers survivors and people who handed away from the illness.

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