The tournament was established by Gene Cusic in 1990 and began with only 11 teams. Today, the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic® draws more than 100 men's and women's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III softball and baseball teams, and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) softball teams, to participate in regular season games during spring break. Most of the teams come from cold weather states, and umpires arrive from across the nation.
The competition kicks off the end of February and continues through March. These athletes, umpires and their families stay at our local hotels and visit our local restaurants, attractions/entertainment, and beaches. The Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic® contributes significantly to the economic vitality of Lee County.
The Gene Cusic Classic is held at the following locations:
CenturyLink Sports Complex Softball Fields
Lee County Player Development Complex
North Collier Regional Park
Historic Terry Park