LGBTQ Sports Festival Sin City Classic Announces Ken Scearce Leadership Award

Thursday December 23, 2021

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The Sin City Classic Sports Festival Presented by Lexus, the largest annual LGBTQ+ sporting event in the world, announced the creation of the Ken Scearce Leadership Award. The Sin City Classic organizers created the award to honor the memory and legacy of Ken Scearce, the Executive Director of the Festival, who passed away suddenly on July 7, 2021. The inaugural Ken Scearce Leadership Award will be presented at the opening night party on Friday, January 14, 2022.

"Ken was dedicated to expanding the LGBTQ+ sports community. He worked tirelessly to grow the Sin City Classic and make sure all athletes were able to compete and have fun in a safe and welcoming environment," said Sin City Classic co-Directors Larry Ruiz and Jason Peplinski. "The organizers of the festival created this award to honor a member of the LGBTQ+ sports community who shares Ken's passion and exhibits all the traits that Ken embodied, including leadership, dedication, and community."

The Ken Scearce Leadership Award will recognize athletes, leaders, coaches, referees, and other volunteers who dedicate their time and skills to promoting the value and importance of LGBTQ+ sports. Their participation, both on and off the playing field, inspires others within their organization and builds community. Their hard work and selfless commitment directly and positively impacts the lives of others.

The organizing committee of the Sin City Classic will determine the winner of the Ken Scearce Leadership Award based on the following criteria:

  • This individual is always a "team player" putting the needs of the team first;
  • This individual is dedicated to growing their sport within the LGBTQ+ community and has extended outreach to allies and other supporters;
  • This individual is passionate on and/or off the field and leads by example; and
  • This individual's motivation is to give back to the LGBTQ+ community, which is, first and foremost, what ultimately makes them a leader.

    Nominations can be submitted through this online form.

    During his tenure as the Executive Director of the Sin City Classic, Scearce grew participation in the festival while also expanding the number of social events throughout the weekend. He encouraged involvement at all levels — from experienced to those new to sports — while providing a safe environment for athletes and fans to compete and connect. He also moved the Closing Night Party to the Promenade's Brooklyn Bowl, where performers have included Deborah Cox and Kristine W, among others.

    The Greater Los Angeles Softball Association (GLASA) created the Sin City Classic in 2008 as an LGBTQ+ softball tournament meant to provide a safe and competitive atmosphere for LGBTQ+ athletes. Over the years, the tournament has grown to include 24 sports and more than 8,000 athletes and fans. GLASA remains committed to creating the best experience possible for all the dedicated athletes who participate and the fans and allies who come to enjoy the festival.