No-Glove National Softball Tournament Canceled Due To COVID

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Another piece of Chicago's summer, one that has been taking place for more than 50 years, has been taken away by the coronavirus.

Adam Cumbee, the communication and marketing director for the Park District of Forest Park, told WBBM, "unfortunately we had to make the tough decision to cancel the No-Glove National Softball Tournament."

The tournament, scheduled for late July, attracts 16-inch softball teams and fans from all over the country.

Cumbee said it's a real loss for Chicago's sports scene.

"Taking sports away from people in Chicago is never an easy thing to do, we're a sports town. It's really a bummer," he said. 

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Cumbee said that 16-inch softball is something very unique to the Chicago area. 

"You go to other places and they've never heard of it. It's kind of cool to be the epicenter of that. Unfortunately, we had to make a very tough decision to forego it this year. It really kind of stinks, but to be able to say as long as all this has passed us next year and this isn't a lingering issue with the virus, you better believe we'll be having the 2021 No-Glove Nationals," Cumbee aid. 

 No-Glove National Softball Tournament Canceled Due To COVID-19
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