Sports events retool with Pride, park changes

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Pity those folks who are organizing gay sports tournaments this summer.

Three big events – the Hotlanta Soccer Classic, 5th Annual Best Ball Scramble Golf Tournament and the 18th Annual Atlanta Frontrunners Pride Run/Walk – are facing big changes this year thanks to the continuing fallout from the state’s long-running drought and the city of Atlanta’s efforts to protect its parks.

The Hotlanta Soccer Classic, a Memorial Day tournament organized by the Hotlanta Soccer Association, draws players from across the county. But restrictions on organized sports at Piedmont Park mean the event must find a new home.

“We are going to have the tournament somewhere,” said Bobby Flournoy, chair of the Hotlanta Soccer Classic. “I can’t say I’m not disappointed we don’t have Piedmont, but we will have the tournament and it will be great.”

The other two events, traditionally held during the Atlanta Pride Festival, also face significant changes since the festival has changed dates and location. For more details, check out my Southern Voice sports column. Read the full story.


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