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Kyle Suib of the D.C. Strokes on his way to a gold medal at the World Outgames in Belgium last year. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Freedman).

Washington has long been a leader in the world of LGBT sports and 2013 was another banner year for the clubs and teams in the area.

Stonewall Darts, Arlington Outriders (bicycling), Washington Scandals Rugby Football Club and an LGBT branch of D.C. Triathlon Club emerged as new teams last year along with new leagues that were formed by Stonewall Darts and D.C. Sentinels Basketball.

Sports tournaments were hosted locally in 2013 by the Capital Area Rainbowlers Association, D.C. Sentinels Basketball, D.C. Frontrunners, D.C. Strokes Rowing Club, Federal Triangles Soccer Club, Chesapeake and Potomac Softball, Washington Wetskins Water Polo, Capital Tennis Association, Charm City Volleyball, Lambda Links Golf, Capital Splats Racquetball, Capital City Volleyball and the District of Columbia Aquatics Club.

The international LGBT sports movement saw continued support in 2013 from straight sports allies such as Brendon Ayanbadejo, Chris Kluwe, Hudson Taylor, Ben Cohen and Patrick Burke. In August, the Washington Blade published its first sports issue with Ayanbadejo as guest editor.

Also gaining momentum in 2013 was the CCE Sports Network, which has focused its attention on covering LGBT sports with a live streaming feed and live commentary. Its video archives of LGBT sports tournaments continues to grow along with its presence on the LGBT sports scene. Look for expanded offerings from the CCE Sports Network this year.

The D.C. Gay Flag Football League, with close to 300 players, just wrapped up season seven of League play with the Maroon Sox defeating the Harvest Mooners in the championship game. They sent two travel teams to Gay Bowl XIII in Phoenix in September where the Washington Generals finished as runner-up in the championship game.

The D.C. Strokes Rowing Club hosted the 20th annual Stonewall Regatta in June along with a multitude of rowing programs. In August, its members returned from the World Outgames in Antwerp, Belgium with multiple medals in the rowing events.

The District of Columbia Aquatics Club hosted the 22nd annual Maryland Swim for Life on the Chester River in July. In August, members won their 11th IGLA World Championships title in Seattle setting multiple IGLA world records in the process. Two months later they hosted the annual Columbus Day Classic which drew 150 swimmers from the Mid-Atlantic region.

The Federal Triangles Soccer Club hosted the fourth season of the Summer of Freedom Soccer League. Players also hosted two competitive tournaments: the Women’s Winter Wrap-Up Indoor Cup and the Rehoboth Beach Classic.

The Capital Tennis Association hosted the Capital Classic XXI in September, which was broadcast live on the CCE Sports Network. Its players also continue to host fall and winter tennis leagues for roughly 300 players.

The Chesapeake and Potomac Softball League hosted the NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series in August, which brought in about 3,000 athletes from across North America. Its Magic Tournament will resume this year. Its members also wrapped up their 31st year of league play with about 500 men and women playing in multiple divisions.

D.C. Sentinels Basketball kicked off the Washington, D.C. Gay Basketball League in January and has just filled all 80 player slots for its second season to begin this month. Its travel teams won two tournaments in 2013: Ballin on the Bayou in New Orleans and the Freedom Festival in D.C.

Charm City Volleyball hosted the Charm City Invitational 28 in April and Capital City Volleyball hosted the President’s Queer Cup Classic in November. In May, Capital City Volleyball and New York’s Gotham Volleyball will co-host the 2014 NAGVA Championships in Washington. The event is expected to draw approximately 1,000 players to the area.

Stonewall Kickball just wrapped up its seventh season in November with 620 players. This month, they will send be sending a travel team to Las Vegas for the Sin City Shootout.

The Washington Wetskins water polo team captured fifth place at the IGLA World Championships in August in Seattle. In October, they hosted the annual Columbus Day Classic and won the team title.

The D.C. Front Runners hosted Pride Run 2013, which was the inaugural running of a chip-timed 5K run and walk coinciding with the festivities of D.C.’s Capital Pride week. They also continue to host an extensive series of runs, walks and running programs.

The D.C. chapter of Ski Bums is hosting its first overnight trip to Snowshoe, W.Va., on Jan. 24-26, with ski-in/ski-out accommodations and a coordinated carpool from D.C. for all participants.

Stonewall Bocce recently completed its fall season with 200 players and Stonewall Darts is just beginning its third season with 108 players.

With all the LGBT sports opportunities in the District, there is truly something for everyone. Besides the teams mentioned above, there are the Adventuring Group, D.C. Velo Cycling, Lambda DanceSport, Lambda Links Golf, D.C. Icebreakers (skating), D.C. Triathlon Club, Capital Splats Racquetball, Rainbow Rock Climbing, Washington Renegades Rugby, Rainbow Spinnakers Sailing, Lambda Divers (scuba), D.C. Lambda Squares (square dancing), Ultimate Out Frisbee and Washington Scandals Rugby.

01
Jan
2014

Triangles traction

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The Federal Triangles Soccer Club is one of several teams in the D.C. LGBT sports community. (Washington Blade file photo by Pete Exis) 

One of the teams in the LGBT sports community of Washington that always seem to have a full lineup of playing opportunities are the Federal Triangles Soccer Club (federaltriangles.org).

It’s currently in the middle of another season of the Summer of Freedom League, the only LGBT soccer league in the D.C. area. The League brings together men and women players from their upper and lower division club leagues, pickup players, new players and their straight allies.

The League utilizes a nine-on-nine coed format with a minimum of three women on the field at all times. The majority of the games are played on a turf field at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus on Tuesday nights.

One of the mainstays of the Triangles is its weekly pickup games which are now being run on Sunday mornings from 9-11 a.m. near the MLK Memorial in West Potomac Park.  Recently, the players gathered on a Saturday morning to patch holes in the field with dirt provided by the National Park Service.

This year, the Triangles are also providing Friday Night Lights Pickup games once per month (usually the last Friday) during the warmer months. The games are played at Bundy Field at 429 O Street and the event is free for members and $5 for non-members.

Another pillar of the Triangles schedule is the FTSC Academy which was launched in 2006 and serves as the educational arm that serves to help players improve their soccer skills.

“We have been offering three clinics per year,” says Jim Ensor, club trainer. “This fall the clinic will also serve as a tune-up for the women’s fall season. Following that is the clinic which coincides with our Turkey Bowl.”

The Turkey Bowl is the Triangles’ annual Thanksgiving party and is a one-day coed soccer tournament on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. It’s a casual day of soccer and players of all skill levels are welcome.

The Triangles also host two competitive tournaments: the Women’s Winter Wrap-Up Indoor Cup and the Rehoboth Beach Classic. The Women’s Wrap Up is held annually in March and registration has just opened for the Rehoboth Beach Classic, which is coed and will be held from Aug. 30-Sept. 1.

Registration for the Rehoboth event is individual and players are selected into squads of six or seven players that stay together throughout the tournament and are paired with different squads to form a complete 12-14 person team for each game. The format is 11 versus 11 on grass fields and the rotating squad format enables the players to spend time on the field with the entire roster of players before the end of the tournament.

“Next year we will be sending teams to the Gay Games in Cleveland and we are always looking to welcome new players,” Ensor says. “Our lineup of activities allows us to come in contact with a diverse base of players.”

Coming up after the Rehoboth Tournament, the Triangles will be co-hosting the United Night Out on Sept. 15 as the D.C. United take on the L.A. Galaxy at RFK Stadium. The annual event is a great opportunity for the LGBT community to experience a professional soccer match in a safe and welcoming environment.

18
Jul
2013

Staying in the game

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D.C. Gay Flag Football. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The LGBT sports community of Washington continues to impress with a full lineup of offerings in the coming months.

The Capital Tennis Association will host the Capital Classic XXI from Sept. 13-15.  Registration is now open for the event, which will include matches in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

Open and B draws will be played on clay and A, C and D draws will be played on hard courts (indoor and/or outdoor). The tournament will be contested at the Rock Creek Tennis Center and the East Potomac Tennis Center at Hains Point. Registration can be found at capital-tennis.org.

The Federal Triangles Soccer Club will host the Rehoboth Beach Soccer Classic XV from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 in Rehoboth Beach. Registration for the event is individual and is now open at federaltriangles.org.

The Washington Scandals Rugby Football Club will travel to Beaver Bowl VI in Ottawa, Canada from Aug. 24-25. The event will be their first full contact tournament and will coincide with Ottawa Pride. The Club can be found at dcscandals.org.

The District of Columbia Aquatics Club will be traveling to Seattle for the International Gay and Lesbian World Championships from Aug. 13-18 where they will attempt to take back their world title.

The swimmers will host the Fall Ball swim meet at Woodrow Wilson High School from Oct. 12-13. The meet will be held in conjunction with the Washington Wetskins water polo tournament and registration will be available at swimdcac.org.

Stonewall Kickball will open registration for their fall league on Aug. 13. The League will begin Sept. 8 and run for 11 weeks on Sundays at Stead Park. This League fills up fast and free agents are welcome. Registration will be available at stonewallsports.org/kickball.

Stonewall Bocce will open registration for their fall league on Aug. 13. The League will begin Sept. 12 and run for eight weeks on Thursdays at the Logan Circle Bocce Field. This League also fills up fast and free agents are welcome. Registration will be available at stonewallsports.org/bocce.

The Washington Renegades Rugby Football Club will begin its fall season practices on Aug. 6 at Cardozo High School at 7 p.m. Information on the club is at dcrugby.com.

The Lambda Links Golf Club will host its Fun Tournament on Aug. 24. Information is forthcoming on the event and will be available at lambdalinks.org.

The D.C. Gay Flag Football League will open registration for its fall league on Aug. 6. New player tryouts and evaluations will begin Aug. 7 and the League will begin on Sept. 8.

The League will be sending at least two of its travel teams to Gay Bowl XIII in Phoenix from Oct. 10-14. Information on the League is at dcgffl.org.

The Chesapeake and Potomac Softball League will be hosting the NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series from Aug. 26-31 at three separate complexes in the area. The tournament, the largest annual LGBT sporting event in the world, will welcome 170 teams participating in more than 600 softball games.

Organizers are expecting more than 4,000 athletes and fans visiting Washington for the weeklong tournament. More information on the event is at dcseries2013.com. The League can be found at capssoftball.org.

Team D.C. and the Federal Triangles Soccer Club and D.C United will co-host United Night Out on Sept. 15 as the D.C. United take on the L.A. Galaxy at RFK Stadium.

The event is part of the Team D.C. Night Out Series and is a great opportunity for the LGBT community to experience a professional soccer match in a safe and welcoming environment. Tickets will be available at unitednightout.com.

01
Aug
2013

DC United to host 4th Night OUT game

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DC United takes on L.A. Galaxy on Sept. 14. for a Team D.C. and Federal Triangles Soccer Club-sponsored United Night OUT. (Washington Blade file photo by Kevin Majoros)

The Federal Triangles Soccer Club (FTSC) and Team DC in conjunction with DC United will host the fourth annual United Night OUT at RFK Stadium as D.C. United takes on L.A. Galaxy on Sept. 14.

DC United has a history of supporting the LGBT community. It was an early and avid supporter of the FTSC when they hosted the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championships in 1997 and again in 2009.

“I think our name sums it up,” says Doug Hicks, chief marketing officer of DC United.  “United refers to what is in our DNA. We are all united regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnicity or sexual identity.”

In 2011, DC United released a much-lauded “It Gets Better” video that showed a few players taking some major hits on the field. They were the first Major League Soccer (MLS) team and first local professional team to participate in the anti-bullying campaign founded by Dan Savage.

In 2012, DC United filmed a video for the “You Can Play Project” that was launched that year within the National Hockey League by Patrick Burke and his father Brian Burke. United was again the first MLS and local professional team to participate in the project.

DC United is donating a portion of each ticket sale from the United Night OUT to the You Can Play Project.

The You Can Play Project is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation. It is working to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport or their team’s success.

It also aims to rid professional sports of casual homophobia in the locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.

The United Night OUT event will kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 with a tailgate party in Lot 8 of RFK Stadium where you can join fellow members of the LGBT community for food on the grill and beverages.

Group participation levels for United Night OUT are:

  • Team Captain (10 tickets) – recognition on the official website and one raffle ticket to win a United jersey.
  • Supporter’s Club (25 tickets) – live link on the official website, recognition on the scrolling ticker at the stadium, representation on the field during the pregame activities and two raffle tickets to win a United jersey.
  • Community Partners (50 tickets) – logo and live link on the official website, recognition on the scrolling ticker at the stadium, representation on the field during the pregame activities, one spot in the Superstar T-Shirt Toss (limited to 15 groups) and five raffle tickets to win a United jersey.

Tickets are available at Nellie’s Sports Bar and at unitednightout.com for $30 and ticketholders will have access to the Capital View Club from 3:30 p.m. throughout the game.

The match between United and Galaxy, live and in its entirety, will be televised regionally by Comcast SportsNet the result of a joint broadcast created by the two teams and their broadcast partners. A national broadcast also remains on UniMas.

29
Aug
2013

Team DC gearing up for busy fall

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The D.C. Gay Flag Football League starts its new season Sept. 7, while so much more awaits Team DC teams this fall. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

As the summer cools down, many LGBT sports leagues are just heating up. From Flag Football to Diving, Team DC has a wide array of LGBT sports opportunities this fall.

The Federal Triangles, D.C.’s LGBT soccer organization, kicks off its Rehoboth Beach Classic tournament over Labor Day weekend today (Friday) through Sunday. Participants are still needed. Members can register for $87.26 and non-members for $97.49 at federaltriangles.org.

The Triangles have indoor and outdoor coed, women’s and men’s teams over the fall. The Turkey Bowl, an annual tournament for all skill levels, is held each year the Saturday before Thanksgiving, with a potluck dinner party afterward.

FIND MORE OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE SPORTS ISSUE HERE.

Membership dues are $50 each year. Visit federaltriangles.org to become a member and find other ways to get involved.

The Capital Tennis Association has a fall league that runs from Sept. 17 through Dec. 29. The Capital Classic XXI Tournament is Sept. 13-15, with doubles and singles tournaments at the Rock Creek Tennis Center (16th and Kennedy streets, N.W.) and the East Potomac Center (1090 Ohio Dr., S.W.). Registration ranges from $70-130. For more information and to register, visit capital-tennis.org.

The Capital Tennis Association has six leagues that play weekly and three remain open, including Saturday Singles at Hains Point (972 Ohio Dr., S.W.), Saturday Faixfax Doubles and Sunday Fairfax Singles (9860 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, Va.). All skill levels are encouraged. Registration ranges from $165-330. Visit capital-tennis.org for more information and to register.

The Washington Wetskins water polo team hosts its annual Columbus Day Classic tournament on Oct. 12 at the Takoma Aquatic Center (300 Van Buren St., N.W.). Teams can register for $100 before Sept. 17, or for $450 afterward.

The Wetskins practice each week on Monday and Wednesday nights at the Takoma Aquatic Center. New members can register monthly for $30, quarterly for $90 or annually for $300. For more information on the tournament and to register, visit wetskins.org.

The D.C. Gay Flag Football League kicks off its seventh season on Sept. 7. The teams play every Sunday from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Carter Barron Fields (16th and Kennedy streets, N.W.) and on Friday nights at Randall Field (820 South Capitol St., S.W.). All skill levels are welcome.

The game schedule for the fall is TBA. Registration is full, but those interested can be put on a waitlist. For more information and to be waitlisted, visit dcgffl.org.  

The Chesapeake and Potomac Softball league starts its fall season on Sept. 7, with registration through Sept. 2. The group plays every Saturday through Oct. 12, with teams playing at 10 or 11 a.m., or noon or 1 p.m., at the Tucker Road Complex (1771 Rucker Rd., Fort Washington, Md.). Registration is $30. For more details and to register, visit capssoftball.leagueapps.com.

The Lambda Links Golf Club continues membership through Oct. 31. The league hosts two fall tournaments, including the Club Championship on Sept. 7 and the Oct. 27 Halloween Tournament, with times and locations to be announced.

Lambda Links play at a variety of courses in the area, such as the Poolesville Golf Course (16601 West Willard Rd., Poolesville, Md.). Membership is $20 after Aug. 15. All skill levels are welcome, but members are expected to have played 18-hole rounds of golf and know “golf etiquette.” For more information and to register, visit lambdalinks.org.

The Lambda Divers, an LGBT scuba diving group, host a diving trip to Curacao, an island in the Caribbean, from Sept. 21-28. The trip is part of the International Gay and Lesbian Diving Jamboree, and requires a minimum deposit of $515.

Two-year membership dues for Lambda Divers range from $30-67.50. To register and for more information on the Curacao trip and the group, visit lambdadivers.org.

The D.C. Front Runners start back up their regular fall Saturday “fun run” on Sept. 7 from 10 a.m.-noon at 23 and P Streets, N.W. The “Fun Run” is their most popular weekly run, and includes 3-, 4- or 6-mile runs through scenic Rock Creek Park.

The Front Runners will also be participating in the “Arlington Police, Fire and Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K” run on Sept. 7 at the Crystal City Double Tree Hotel (300 Army Navy Dr., Arlington, Va.) at 6 p.m. The 9-11 Memorial 5K draws over 25,000 participants each year, and raises up to $400,000 for 9-11-related charities, like the American Red Cross and Wounded Warrior Project. Registration is $40.

The group will have a lot of races during the fall and participate in many more marathons in locations all over D.C. and as far as Baltimore and Philadelphia. For more information and to register for events, visit dcfrontrunners.org.

The Washington Renegades rugby league start their season on Sept. 7, which lasts through Nov. 23. Practices are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:45 p.m. at Cardozo High School (1300 Clifton St., N.W.).

Matches will take place each Saturday, with times and locations TBD. Membership for fall recruits is $50, and full-year membership is $100. For more information and to register, visit dcrugby.com.

29
Aug
2013

Local athletes: why I joined an LGBT sports team

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Brandon Waggoner grew up in West Texas and Tennessee and never played sports growing up but excelled in various LGBT leagues in D.C. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Locker room fears, bullying and anti-LGBT bias have prevented many within the LGBT community, especially in high school and college, from even attempting to play sports. In some cases, they have also chosen not to be spectators because of feeling unsafe.

There are likely thousands of LGBT teenagers in America who are not playing sports because they fear the repercussions of joining a community that is historically unwelcoming.

FIND MORE OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE SPORTS ISSUE HERE.

Research studies by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) found that high school LGBT students avoid locker rooms (39 percent), physical education class (32.5 percent) and the school sports field (22.8 percent) because of feeling unsafe.

LGBT sports advocacy groups have been producing resource guides for everyone involved in the sports community in an attempt to educate. Diversity training is now pretty much inescapable from grade school sports to professional sports.

Most of the athletes competing in the LGBT sports community of Washington, D.C. are post-college age and are experiencing exactly what the national LGBT sports advocacy groups are trying to accomplish: They are competing in a safe space and they are flourishing.

Brandon Waggoner grew up in West Texas and Tennessee. He never played sports growing up but had the desire as he taught himself how to throw a ball when he was a teenager.

“I never joined a team because I was nervous about being in the locker room,” says Waggoner.

In college, through his dorm, he began playing intramural sports as a closeted gay man and was instantly hooked. After arriving in D.C. he was playing on a team with his employer when he heard about a local gay flag football team.

“I had just come out and was unfamiliar with the athletic capabilities of gay people,” says Waggoner.  “I joined the team thinking I was going to be a dominant player. Instead, I was the one who was dominated.”

Besides quarterbacking in the DC Gay Flag Football League, Waggoner has also played on the Washington DC Gay Basketball League. Along with his teammates, he has made it to the playoffs in both leagues.

Alison Samuels went to a small private high school in California and played soccer and field hockey. She was the first openly gay person at her school and despite her efforts to fit in and create a comfortable environment, she was asked by her teammates not to use the locker room.

“That happened in my junior year,” says Samuels.  “I continued to play but the perception became that any female friends I had were likely gay, so I stopped having close female friends and I refused to touch or hug my female friends.”

She tried the club soccer team at Mary Washington University in her freshman year but did not fit in and decided to stop playing sports. She eventually found a safe environment on a club rugby team in her junior year.

After moving to D.C. she saw a Craigslist posting for the Federal Triangles Soccer Club and joined the team. “It is a completely different environment,” says Samuels. “More fun, more relaxed and less stress.”

Samuels is now president of the Federal Triangles Soccer Club.

Brian Sparrow grew up on naval bases including some time spent at Guantanamo Bay. His father taught him the basics of sports but his assignments took him away on ships for up to nine months at a time.

“My mom would sign me up for sports leagues,” says Sparrow. “But I spent most of my time playing sports by myself.”

Sparrow was small for his age so after his family settled in Maryland he continued to play sports in his neighborhood instead of joining team sports. After coming out, he discovered the LGBT sports community in D.C.

“Playing sports has defined me as a gay man,” says Sparrow.  “I really began to flourish when I started joining the LGBT sports leagues.”

Sparrow has played with the Capital Tennis Association, Chesapeake and Potomac Softball, DC Gay Flag Football League, Capital Punishment Volleyball and the Washington, D.C. Gay Basketball League.

These athletes and thousands like them in leagues across the country express a similar appreciation for LGBT-specific programs that allow all athletes to reap the many benefits of playing sports.

29
Aug
2013

Sports: Gearing up for action

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Last year’s Team DC Fashion Show (Washington Blade file photo by Pete Exis)

Every spring, the LGBT athletes of the Washington sports community come together to host the Team D.C. Fashion Show and Model Search. This year, it’s on March 9 at Town.

This year’s show features donations of latest fashions from Skiviez, UnderBriefs, Body Aware, Fireboy, Underwear Station, Adam & Eve and Universal Gear. You can purchase the apparel right off the models during the auction.

The event is a fundraiser for the Team D.C. College Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships to local, openly gay student athletes. You can vote for the models before the show online at teamdc.org.

Stonewall Kickball will kick off its spring season on March 17 with games being contested every Sunday through May 19. Registration will close once they reach their max of 480 players. More information is at stonewallsports.org/kickball.

The District of Columbia Aquatics Club will compete in regional tune-up meets leading up to the International Gay & Lesbian Aquatic Championships in Seattle to be held Aug. 12-17.  The swimmers will be looking to take back their world title from Team New York Aquatics. They are online at swimdcac.org.

The Chesapeake & Potomac Softball League (CAPS) will be holding early registration events in March with the spring season beginning on May 5 at Watkins Regional Park. Later in the summer, the CAPS will be looking for volunteers as they host the Gay Softball World Series Aug. 26-31. You can find the CAPS at eteamz.com/caps.

The Federal Triangles Soccer Club will host the annual Women’s Winter Wrapup Indoor Cup on March 24 at the Rockville Sportsplex. Information is forthcoming as the Triangles will once again host the Summer of Freedom League. Details will be available at federaltriangles.org.

Season six of the D.C. Gay Flag Football League began Feb. 24 with play to continue through April 21 at the Carter Barron Fields. Players can still get on the waitlist by going to dcgffl.org.

Lambda Links will begin its weekend golf outings in April with the first golf tournament, the President’s Cup to be held in May. Tee times will be listed at lambdalinks.org.

Registration is now open for the spring season with the D.C. Strokes Rowing Club.  You can sign up for the Learn to Row, Club or Competitive Programs. There is a pre-season camp to be held from March 15-17. Information is at dcstrokes.org.

The spring season for the Washington Renegades Rugby Football Club began last month with practices at Cardozo High School. The Renegades will travel to New York City for the Four Leaf 15s Tournament on March 23. They are online at dcrugby.com.

The Ski Bums hosted a great day trip in February to Seven Springs and are not quite ready to let go of winter as they are currently in Niseko, Japan. This August, they will be traveling to Argentina to check out some South American powder. Trip details are at ski-bums.org.

The Rainbow Spinnakers Sailing Club will ramp up their weekend sails in the Chesapeake Bay in the coming months. Meet up with the sailing enthusiasts for some skipper training or just go along for a relaxing ride. You can join their mailing list at rainbowspinnakers.com.

Charm City Volleyball hosts its social play on Wednesday nights and competitive play on Sunday afternoons. On April 27-28 they will be hosting Charm City Invitational XXVIII.  Information is at volleybaltimore.org.

The Washington Wetskins water polo team is also gearing up for the IGLA Championships in Seattle this August. You can meet up with the players at the Wetskins Mixer at Nellie’s on March 14. They are on Facebook under Washington Weskins.

For all you hockey fans, there will be a Night OUT at the Capitals viewing party on April 6.

The D.C. Icebreakers will host the event and offer a bonus skate from 6-7 p.m. at the Capitals Practice Rink at the Kettler Iceplex in Arlington. Following the skate, the group will head to Baliey’s Pub to watch the Capitals take on the Florida Panthers at 7:30 p.m. The skaters are at dcicebreakers.com.

The Adventuring Outdoors Group has a great list of hikes planned for the spring season. It’s a great time of year to tag along with the hikers to enjoy the flora and fauna of the Washington area. They will also launch their “If It’s Warm Enough” bike ride series this weekend. The trip list is at adventuring.org.

Registration spring tennis is now open for singles and doubles with the Capital Tennis Association. The outdoor leagues will run from March 16 to May 5 and will be held at the Rock Creek Tennis Center. You can register at capital-tennis.org.

George Washington University, a longtime supporter of the LGBT sports community, has invited all volleyball players to their open courts at the Smith Center. This is open to all levels of players for $5. The next dates are March 5 and March 19 from 7-9 p.m.

You can find more information about spring sports outings such as basketball running, ultimate frisbee, rock climbing, racquetball, horseback riding, scuba diving and dancesport at teamdc.org.

28
Feb
2013

Year in review: Getting in on the action

The CAPS in action. (Photo courtesy Billy Richardson)

The CAPS in action. (Photo courtesy Billy Richardson)

This year was another incredible one for the LGBT sports community of Washington. There was an abundance of tournament play, leagues and national recognition.

Also, the continuing support of straight sports allies was bolstered by the creation of the You Can Play Project. The project was founded within the National Hockey League by Patrick Burke of the Philadelphia Flyers and has crossed over into other sports. They seek to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills and not his or her sexual identity. More info is at youcanplayproject.org.

Team D.C., the local LGBT sports connection, continued to set the standards for all LGBT sports communities. In 2012, its members awarded college scholarships to six local LGBT student athletes. Their popular United Night OUT series now includes events with seven Washington professional sports franchises.

Their efforts were also recognized nationally this year by the Compete Sports Network.  The organization is at teamdc.org.

The Federal Triangles Soccer Club hosted the Women’s Winter Wrap-Up Indoor Cup in March and the Rehoboth Beach Classic in August. Along with play in various local leagues, members also hosted the Summer of Freedom League. They can be found at federaltriangles.org.

The District of Columbia Aquatics Club traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland in May where members captured second place in the large team category at the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Championships. In July they hosted the 21st annual Swim for Life, a fundraiser for HIV/AIDS as well as local watershed organizations. They are on the web at swimdcac.org.

Puck Buddys, the D.C.-based nationally recognized ice hockey blog, continues to entertain with their banter throughout the mess of the National Hockey League lockout. The blog is located at puckbuddys.com.

The Stonewall Kickball league maxed out on their league cap of 480 players in both of their seasons in 2012. Look for continued success in 2013. They can be found at stonewallsports.org.

The D.C. Sentinels basketball team traveled to three national tournaments in 2012 winning the Upper B-Division at the Hurricane Classic in Fort Lauderdale.

In January, they will launch the first season of the Washington D.C. Gay Basketball LeagueMore information on the group is at teamdcbasketball.org.

The D.C. Gay Flag Football League had another stellar year hosting their spring season and growing to 270 players in their fall season. All the league action including videos is at dcgffl.org.

Charm City Volleyball hosted the Charm City Invitational 28 in April with one of their squads winning the BB Division. Their information is at volleybaltimore.org.

The Capital Area Rainbowlers Association continues to offer multiple bowling leagues and in October hosted the annual Capital Halloween Invitational Tournament.

On Monday they will be hosting New Year’s Bowling Eve from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at Bowl America Shirley in Alexandria. More info is at carabowling.org.

The D.C. Strokes Rowing Club hosted Stonewall Regatta XIX in June. At the end of August, their Men’s Heavyweight B 8+ team brought home the gold at the US Rowing Master National Championships in Worcester, Mass. The Strokes are at dcstrokes.org.

The Chesapeake and Potomac Softball League (CAPS) completed a successful 2012 softball season. In October they hosted their annual tournament, the Mid-Atlantic Gay Invitational Classic.

In August of 2013, the CAPS will be hosting the 37th annual North American Gay Amateur Athlete Alliance Gay Softball World Series in Washington. The CAPS can be found at capssoftball.org.

The Washington Renegades Rugby Football Club wrapped up two successful seasons of league play this year with both squads having winning records. The Renegades compete in Division III of the Potomac Rugby Union and their Reds squad and won Hellfest in Dallas for the second year in a row. More info is at dcrugby.com.

The Adventuring outdoors group continues their summer bike series and weekly year round hikes. This is the “go to” group for anyone wanting to get outside and learn about the rich history of D.C. area. Their schedule is at adventuring.org.

All the local LGBT sports teams and clubs can be found at teamdc.org. Thanks to all of them for a great year.

 

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2012