Spring Casino Night - April 19


The Spring Casino Night will be on Saturday, April 19 and feature Poker, Blackjack and Craps with dealers from your favorite local LGBT sports teams.  Come support your favorite jocks and jockettes and increase your chances to Read more

Team DC Student-Athlete Scholarship Now Accepting Applications!


Team DC is now accepting applications for the Student-Athlete Scholarship. If you are an LGBT athlete, a senior in high school, or currently in college, please click on the College Scholarship link for more information. Scholarships Read more

DC Front Runners Pride Run 2014!


On Friday, June 6, 2014, at 7 pm, the DC Front Runners Pride Run 5KTM— an evening run & walk event of fun for the community and friendly competition, and an Official Event of Read more

Team DC Fashion Show & Model Search


THANK YOU! The Team DC Fashion Show and Model Search was a great success thanks to great models, generous sponsors and an enthusiastic crowd.  Be sure to patronize our Sponsors!  This year's winner was.....MATT! (right) Go HERE for Read more

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Spring Casino Night – April 19

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The Spring Casino Night will be on Saturday, April 19 and feature Poker, Blackjack and Craps with dealers from your favorite local LGBT sports teams.  Come support your favorite jocks and jockettes and increase your chances to win some great Raffle Prizes.

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Doors open at 8 PM at Buffalo Billiards (1330 19th Street, NW…just below the Baja Fresh at Dupont Circle) and goes until Midnight.

The 2014 Casino Night Series is sponsored by:

Up next the Spring Casino Night on Saturday, April 19.  No Cover Charge and $10 gets you $100 in chips and $20 gets you $250 in chips.  Proceeds from the night are split among the participating sports clubs.

Team DC 2013 SportsFest

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Join us on Thursday, April 10 for the 2014 SportsFest at Room & Board (1840 14th Street, NW) starting at 6:00 PM.  Meet representatives from 30(+) different LGBT sports clubs as well as reps from all of the professional teams associated with the Night OUT Series.  No cover charge!  Purchase 2 drink coupons for just $10 or drink all night for just $20!

The first 50 attendees will receive a nice canvas Room & Board tote bag.  Be sure to enter the different FREE raffles for various prizes as well!

Let us know you’re coming and spread the word on our Facebook Invite (HERE)!

Team DC GRAND SLAM SPONSORS:  

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Team DC Fashion Show & Model Search

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The Team DC Fashion Show and Model Search was a great success thanks to great models, generous sponsors and an enthusiastic crowd.  Be sure to patronize our Sponsors! 

This year’s winner was…..MATT! (right)

Go HERE for more photos from the event as well as a link to the CCE Sports Network that streamed the show LIVE!  You can enjoy the whole show again and again!

Special thanks to the DC Gay Flag Football League (below) and the DC Frontrunners who both have made financial commitments to support the Team DC College Scholarship Program.  We appreciate your support!

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2014 Night OUT Series for 2014!

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Night OUT Events in 2014!
The Team DC Night OUT Series continues in 2014 with at full slate of great community nights with all of our favorite local sports  teams.  We will launch with a special Kick-Off Party on Friday, January 31 at the annual Night OUT at the Capitals Watch Party at Baileys Pub in Arlington (Ballston Mall).
Other Night OUT events include:
  • The Night OUT at the Wizards on Friday, March 28 vs. the Indiana Pacers
  • The Night OUT at the Nationals is set for Tuesday, June 17 vs. the Houston Astros. Plan your Calendars NOW!
  • The Night OUT at the Kastles (World Team Tennis) will be in July.
  • The Night OUT at the Mystics (Women’s NBA) will also be in July.
  • The United Night OUT (soccer) will be in September.
  • The Night OUT at the Redskins Watch Party will be in November.
  • The Night OUT at the BB&T College Classic will be in December.
The Night OUT Series is presented by Team DC and sponsored by:

Congratulations 2013 Team DC College Scholarship Recipients!

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Congratulations to the recipients of the 2013 Team DC College Scholarship Awards!

  • Terrance Curry – T.C. Williams High School (Alexandria, VA)
  • Sarah Kerndt – West Springfield High School (Springfield, VA)
  • Christian Tarver – Bell Multicultural High School (District of Columbia)
  • Laura Ventura – Walter Johnson High School (Bethesda, MD) 

The presentation of the Scholarships took place on Thursday, July 18 at the annual Champions Awards Reception.

Guest speaker was former NFL player Wade Davis.

Special thanks to the Capital Tennis Association, DC Gay Flag Football League and the DC Front Runners for making the Team DC College Scholarship program a part of their fundraising efforts.

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2013 Team DC Champions Award Winners Announced!

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We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Team DC Champions Awards honoring leaders in the LGBT sports Community, including:

The MVP Award recognizes individuals that have made a significant contribution to their sport club or tournament over the past year.   This year’s MVP Awards go to:
  • Jerry Langon of the DC Front Runners for his leadership in the creation of the first annual Pride Run held on June 7.  Not only did the event sell out, but part of the proceeds will benefit the Team DC College Scholarship Fund.  Jerry was also one of the organizers of the Front Runners recent 30th Anniversary celebration and is famous for his accomplishment of running a marathon on ALL Seven Continents which include Antarctica!
  • Melvin Thomas of Stonewall Bocce for his tireless efforts in helping to create Stonewall Bocce, the first LGBT Bocce League in DC.  The addition of Bocce not only continues to expand local sport options, but helps engage more people into sports and the fun of socializing together.
The Trailblazer Award recognizes individuals that have worked for many years to support and in some cases, establish their teams and tournaments.  This year’s Trailblazers include:
  • Eric Bolda of the Rainbow Spinnakers Sailing Club not only for his leadership as Commadore of the club for a number of years, but for his years of service helping coordinate virtually all aspects of the club.  The Rainbow Spinnakers is one of the handful of LGBT sailing clubs in the United States thanks to the ongoing efforts of people like Eric.
  • Dan Schaefer of the Chesapeake and Potomac Softball (CAPS) League in honor of his countless contributions to making the CAPS league not only one of the strongest clubs in the DC area, but in the larger world of LGBT softball.  In addition to serving  as Commissioner of the league, Dan has directed the local MAGIC tournament for numerous years and helped with the 2003 Gay Softwall World Series which returns to DC in August.  Dan was inducted into the NAGAAA Hall of Fame in 2012 as a sign of the respect he has throughout the greater softball community.
The Community Support Award recognizes individuals, organizations or businesses that have supported the teams and the entire LGBT sporting community.  This years awards go to:
  • Burgundy Crescent Volunteers for their ongoing support of Team DC and, well, everybody!  Founded in 2001 and now with over 5,000 volunteers that have donated over 100,000 hours of service to local gay and gay-friendly organizations, including many local  sport clubs.  BCV is a great way for members of the LGBT community to become more active in their community while helping organizations that help us!
  • Wade Davis is not only one of the few openly gay former players in the NFL, but he has become a leading voice for tolerance for LGBT youth through his work at the Hetrick-Martiin Institute in NYC and as co-founder of the You Belong Initiative.  His visibility as a former pro athlete (including time with the Washington Redskins!) allows him to reach a large cross-section of people to help address issues of homophobia and encourage the open participation of the LGBT athlete on the collegiate and professional level.  We are pleased that Wade will serve as our keynote speaker at this year’s award ceremony.

The 2013 Champions Awards will be held on Thursday, July 18 at the City View Room on the campus of George Washington University at 1957 E Street, NW.   Tickets start at just $45 and include a dinner buffet and open bar.

 

 

Team DC Congratulates Jason Collins for Historic Coming Out Story

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 30, 2013 — Team DC, the association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) sports clubs in the greater Washington region, announced its strong support for Jason Collins who publicly disclosed his sexual orientation in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated.

“The impact of Jason’s announcement cannot be overstated” said Team DC Executive Director, Brent Minor.   Minor added, “Collins’ courage to come out is an example to others and helps to shatter the misconceptions some people have about gays and lesbians in professional sports.”

“I think this story will have a huge influence, particularly on young people who enjoy playing sports and identify as gay or lesbian” said Bud Rorison, Chair of the Team DC College Scholarship Committee.  He added, “There is still a stigma for many young gay and lesbian athletes and, perhaps, Jason Collins can serve as a positive role model not just for those students, but for their teammates, coaches, teachers and parents.”  The Team DC College Scholarships are awarded annually to local gay and lesbian student-athletes with scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 per student.

Team DC also sponsors the Night OUT Series which organizes LGBT community nights at all of the local professional teams including the Night OUT at the Nationals which drew over 4,000 participants last year.  “No doubt, there will be a huge cheer for Jason Collins at the Night OUT at the Wizards next year” said Night OUT Series Chair, Matt Lewis.

Team DC President, Les Johnson, said “It will be interesting to see the long-term impact of Jason’s announcement on fans, sponsors and opposing players.  So far the response has been generally quite positive, but we will be watching this situation closely to make sure that Jason or any other player in any other sport that decides to come out will be treated fairly and with respect.”

Minor added, “We applaud the NBA and the Washington Wizards for their support of Jason Collins.   There will undoubtedly be others who come out in other sports and we hope that they will also find a strong and supportive community ready to cheer them on.”

CONTACT: BRENT MINOR / (703) 836-1162

A Great Night OUT at the Wizards!

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Thanks to all who attended Team DC’s second annual Night OUT at the Wizards on Friday, February 8.  The Wizards beat the Brooklyn Nets no doubt in part because of the great start given by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington as they sang the National Anthem.   We appreciate your support of the Night OUT Series!

 

 

Team DC Champions in Metro Weekly!

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Check out Team DC’s champions on the cover of  Metro Weekly! This  issue features stories on the 2012 Champions Award recipients, the Team DC scholarship winners, and Patrick Burke from the “You Can Play” project, the featured speaker at the 2012 Champions Awards reception.

Check out the stories below:

Story on Champions Award winners: http://metroweekly.com/feature/?ak=7809

Story on Team DC Scholarship winners: http://metroweekly.com/feature/?ak=7808

Story on Patrick Burke: http://metroweekly.com/feature/?ak=7810

DC United’s “You Can Play” PSA

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In case you missed it, D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen, midfielder-forward Chris Pontius, and defender Mike Chabala recorded a public service announcement for the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.  This Public Service Announcement premiered at 2013 United Night OUT on September 15, 2012.  Team DC congratulates DC United for standing up and speaking out!