Teams needed for slow-pitch tournament

Thursday, 30 July 2009
TAHLEQUAH, Okla.-Spirited teams are being sought for competitive fun in a slow-pitch softball tournament during the 57th Cherokee National Holiday.

The tournament will be held from Friday, September 4 through Sunday, September 6, at the Cherokee Nation softball complex, located next to Sequoyah Schools, as part of the Holiday schedule of activities.

To enter the tournament, teams must register no later than Friday, August 21, by 5 p.m. There is an entry fee of $175 per team.  The majority of each team must consist of players that are members of a federally recognized tribe. Teams may have up to four non-Indian players.

Awards will be presented to teams that place first through fourth in the tournament.  First place team will receive jackets, second place will receive hooded sweatshirts, third place will receive sweatshirts and fourth place will receive long-sleeved t-shirts.

There is a $1 per day admission for spectators to watch the games.  A separate fast-pitch tournament will be held the weekend prior to the Cherokee National Holiday on August 28 – 30.

The Cherokee National Holiday has been held since 1953 to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution.

With its exciting array of entertainment, cultural and athletic events, it has grown into one of the largest festivals in Oklahoma, attracting more than 90,000 visitors from across the world.

This year’s theme is E-loh-i nu-s-di-da-nv de-ga-de-la-qua-s-ge-s-di ("I learn from all that I observe"), reflecting the Cherokee Nation’s long held belief in education as a means to uplift individuals and their communities.

The 57th Annual Cherokee National Holiday is a smoke-free event. For more information about the Cherokee National Holiday, please call (918) 453-5536 or visit

For a registration form or a list of rules please contact Spunk Johnson at or Neesie Littledave at (918) 453-5341 or email

Article Source: The Cherokee Nation, a federally-recognized Native American tribe

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 July 2009 )