Photos by Terry Newell

Kansas City has always been one of Compete’s favorite cities. We love Kansas City so much we held our Compete Sports Diversity Awards there in 2017. And when Terri Goddard and Scott Switzer of the Gay Softball World Series (GSWS) committee offered to host a swimsuit shoot, we jumped (OK, maybe we dove) at the opportunity! With the help of photographer Terry Newell and swimwear companies LASC and Sylvia’s, Terri and Scott corralled seven eager models into the photo studio.

So enjoy Polaroids from this year’s shoot and catch our models out and about from September 2-9 at this year’s 2019 Kansas City Gay Softball World Series.

Here are some facts about Kansas City and the Gay Softball World Series!

  • The first GSWS was held in 1977.
  • The Kansas City Royals are named after another area institution: The American Royal, a weeks-long horse and livestock show dating back to 1899 and featuring barbecue contests, rodeos and a full-fledged festival.
  • San Francisco hosted the first GSWS.
  • 220 teams are expected to participate in this year’s GSWS.
  • Kansas City touts 220 parks, 134 miles of trails and bikeways, 29 lakes, 103 playgrounds and 119 monuments.
  • San Francisco has hosted the most GSWS’ of any city.
  • GSWS 2019 is expected to pump $10-$12 million into the KC economy.
  • 142.2 decibels at Arrowhead Stadium set the Guinness World Record for the loudest stadium on the planet.
  • The Kansas City area boasts more than 100 barbecue restaurants.
  • Each March, KC hosts more college basketball games than anywhere in the country.