Night OUT at the BB&T College Basketball Classic


The Night OUT at the BB&T College Basketball Classic! Sunday, December 7th at 1 PM. Verizon Center, 601 F St NW (directions and seating map) Tickets are just $25 for BOTH games.  Get yours NOW Read more

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.

DC Front Runners / www.dcfrontrunners.org

DC Front Runners / www.dcfrontrunners.org

 

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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

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!

Night OUT at the Nationals — VIDEO!

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Check out the great video from Metro Weekly of the 2012 Night OUT at the Nationals.  Special thanks to Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) for throwing out the First Pitch and Benjamin Jealous, President of the NAACP, who delivered the official line-up cards for the Nationals that evening.

Join us in 2013 for the entire Night OUT Series including TWO Night OUT at the Nationals games:

  • Tuesday, June 25 vs Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Tuesday, August 27 vs. Miami Marlins

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