Team DC Champions Awards – November 8, 2014

Team DC is proud to announce the Seventh Annual Champions Awards will be held on Saturday, November 8 as we recognize local leaders and supporters of the region’s LGBT sports community as well as the recipients of the Team DC College Scholarship Program.  More information soon.


The 2013 Champions Award Winners included:

The MVP Award recognizes individuals that have made a significant contribution to their sport club or tournament over the past year.
  • Jerry Langan of the DC Front Runners for his efforts to help create the first annual Pride Run which in addition to attracting over 700 runners and walkers, will support the College Scholarship Program.  Jerry was also instrumental in the recent 30th Anniversary of the DC Front Runners.  Jerry is a long-time marathoner who has the distinction of having run a marathon on all 7 continents….including Antarctica!
  • Melvin Thomas of Stonewall Bocce for his efforts to organize the area’s first LGBT Bocce League.  Creating a new sports club is always hard work and takes enormous time and energy to ensure that the games are well-run, well-organized and lots of fun.  Bocce represents a great entry level sport for folks that can often spark interest in other sports later.
The Trailblazer Award recognizes individuals that have worked for many years to support and in some cases, establish their teams and tournaments.
  • Eric Bolda of the Rainbow Spinnakers Sailing Club for years of service to the club including multiple terms as their Commadore.  For smaller clubs the impact of one person’s work can determine whether they float or sink and Eric’s work in all aspects of the club’s management has been critical to their success in staying afloat.
  • Dan Schaefer of the Chesapeake and Potomac Softball (CAPS) League in honor of his many years of service not only to the CAPS League, but to gay softball in the United States which resulted in his being named to the NAGAAA Hall of Fame in 2012.   Whether as a team manager, League Commissioner or MAGIC Tournament Director, Dan has always stepped up to the plate to be a leader and make CAPS one of the most well-respected leagues in the country.
The Community Support Award recognizes individuals, organizations or businesses that have supported the teams and the entire LGBT sporting community.
  • Burgundy Crescent Volunteers provide invaluable service to Team DC and local sports clubs as well as for countless non-profit organizations throughout the Washington, DC region.   Since 2001, BCV has coordinated over 5,000 volunteers to provide 100,000+ hours of service and become an essential part of the non-profit community in Washington. 
  • Wade Davis is a former cornerback in the NFL for, among others, the Washington Redskins.  After he retired from professional football, he became a passionate advocate for other openly gay athletes like himself.  Whether it is his work with LGBT youth at the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York City or his work on the sports advisory board for GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network), he has distinguished himself as one of the preeminent voices addressing homophobia in sports and the importance of inclusion for all athletes.

In addition to honoring individuals with the Champions Awards, we also recognized the recipients of the Team DC College Scholarshipsincluding:

·       Terrance Curry of T.C. Williams High School (Alexandria, VA).  Terrance ran track and will attend the University of Alabama.
·       Sarah Kerndt of West Springfield High School (Springfield, VA).   Sarah played lacrosse in high school and will attend Christopher Newport University in the fall.
·       Christian Tarver of Bell Multicultural High School (Washington, DC).  Christian played tennis through all four years of high school and will be attending Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. 
·       Laura Ventura of Walter Johnson High School (Bethesda, Maryland) rowed crew in high school and will attend Pace University in New York this fall.