The 56th Annual Cherokee National Holiday will offer several exciting ways for softball players and fans alike to enjoy their favorite sport. The Fast-Pitch Tournament and Co-Ed Slow-Pitch Tournament will begin on Friday, August 22, at the ball fields of Sequoyah Schools. The Annual Slow-Pitch tournament will take begin take place from Friday, August 20 through Sunday, August 31.

  “The Cherokee Holiday softball tournaments are a great place to come and watch great ball games and catch up with old friends as well as make new ones,” said Denise Honowa, event coordinator. “Fast pitch softball goes back many years for many tribes. It is an event that has established a community of Indians across the United States and we always look forward to fast pitch season so we can play or watch some great games.”

 To enter the Fast-Pitch Tournament or Co-Ed Tournament teams must enter by Friday, August 8, at 5 p.m.  The deadline to enter the Slow-Pitch Tournament is Friday, August 15, at 5 p.m. There is a $1 dollar gate admission to enter each event.

 The entry fee for the fast-pitch is $225 dollars. Registration fees for the co-ed tournament and slow- pitch event is $175 dollars.

 Awards will be presented to the first through fourth placing teams in the fast-pitch, co-ed and slow-pitch tournaments.

 Other competitors might enjoy the Men’s Fast-Pitch 45 and Over Game, which will begin on Saturday, August 23, at 7 p.m., on the ball field of Sequoyah Schools. There is no entry fee for the event. The first 30 participants to arrive will receive a free t-shirt. There will be a $1 dollar gate admission to attend the event.       

The Cherokee National Holiday has been held since 1953 in tribute to the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution. It has grown into one of the largest events in Oklahoma, attracting more than 90,000 visitors from across the world.

 Each year a theme is chosen for the Cherokee National Holiday that celebrates Cherokee Nation’s rich heritage and culture.  The 2008 theme is “di ni yo tli   u na li s de lv do di, Planting the Seed Corn for our Children’s Future.”

 “In this theme, we honor all the Cherokee parents and grandparents whose everyday actions are dedicated to establishing strong, self-sufficient children and communities. Cherokee community members have great respect for these individuals who care and plan for the Cherokee Nation’s leaders of tomorrow,” said Smith.

 For a registration form for the events or a list of rules for the Fast-Pitch, Co-Ed and Over 45 events contact Denise Honowa at (918) 816-1995 or by email at dhonowa@cherokee.org or for the Slow-Pitch Tournament contact Neesie Littledave at (918) 453-5341 or by email at nlittledave@cherokee.org.