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Highlights from the 2014 Night of Champions
Our special guest speaker was Caitlin Cahow, two-time Olympic Medalist and three-time World Champion with USA Women’s Ice Hockey. Caitlin was one of three people (along with Billie Jean King and Brian Boitano) sent by President Obama to represent the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Guest Host was WJLA’s Steve Rudin.
The 2014 Champions Award Winners were:
The MVP Award recognizes individuals that have made a significant contributionto their sport club or tournament over the past year.
- Jordyn White of the Washington Prodigy Women’s Football Team for her efforts to help establish the first women’s full-tackle football team in Washington, DC.
- Wayne Williams of the Chesapeake and Potomac Softball (CAPS) League for his efforts leading the 2013 Gay Softball World Series. With over 150 teams from around the country, Wayne led a dedicated group of volunteers from the CAPS League to a successful week-long tournament that many considered the best to date.
- Bryan Yamasaki of the Rainbow Climbers for his efforts to help coordinate the growing Rockclimbing community into an active and coordinated club. In addition to leading climb nights and trips, Bryan led a group of rockclimbers to sweep the medals at the 2014 Gay Games…..a first for Team DC!
- Jim Ensor of the Federal Triangles Soccer Club for his 20+ years of service to the club in a variety of leadership roles including helping to spearhead the Gay World Cup in DC in 2009. Jim has also been the driving force behind the annual United Night OUT since its inception.
- Art Thomas and Mark Storey of the Capital Splats Racquetball Club for their inspiring dedication to create and maintain the region’s first LGBT Racquetball Club.
- Kevin Majoros of the Washington Blade for his ongoing reporting of the LGBT sports scene with the Washington Blade, CCE Sports Network and the blog Capital Sports. Kevin has also been instrumental in helping to lead the annual Fashion Show which provided the first funding for the Team DC College Scholarship program.
We also recognized the recipients of the 2014 Team DC College Scholarships, including:
· Jamal Brown of the University of Kentucky and the Barrie School (Silver Spring, MD). Jamal is currently a sophomore at the University of Kentucky where he continues to pursue his love of Equestrian sports that started when he attended the Barrie School in Silver Spring, MD.
· Tao Marwell of Wilson High School (DC). Tao played field hockey at Wilson High School where she was elected co-captain by her teammates. She plans to play field hockey at Mount Holyoke College.
· Andrew Snail of Montgomery Blair High School (Silver Spring, MD). Andrew participated on the Swimming and Tennis teams at Montgomery Blair. He now attends the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and looks to major in Marine Biology.
· Jocelyn Williams of Wilson High School (DC). Jocelyn was captain of the girl’s basketball team and also participated in softball, baseball, tennis, flag football and soccer while she attended Wilson High School. Jocelyn entered Bowie State University this past fall and plans to major in Social Work.