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Washington, D.C. is home to one of the largest and most organized LGBT sports communities in the world. Team DC, the clearinghouse organization for D.C. metropolitan LGBT sports, is currently listing 30 teams/clubs on its roster.
One of the most visible clubs on the roster is the Federal Triangles Soccer Club (FTSC). After reaching a pinnacle in 2009 by hosting the highly successful IGLFA World Championships, the team has continued to grow and evolve. Last spring, the club fielded a new men’s and a new women’s team bringing their total to four men’s league teams and four women’s league teams. They also fielded five coed teams in the spring.
Some of the 2010 highlights for the Triangles:
FTSC Summer of Freedom League Presented by DC Councilmember Jim Graham
The D.C. area’s first ever LGBT soccer league kicks off on July 6, 2010 at the Metro-accessible Bell Field in Columbia Heights. Nick Napolitano, communications director for the FTSC stated, “There are only a handful of LGBT soccer leagues in the world, so this is a noteworthy milestone not just for the Triangles, but for the LGBT sports community in D.C.”
This is essentially an intra-club league, but registration is individual and the players will be placed on one of eight teams. The league organizers are forming rosters that are balanced by skill, gender and positions. Registration for this groundbreaking league is nearly full; however the league is still accepting substitutes and replacement players.
Rehoboth Beach Classic XII Coed Tournament, July 3
If you are at the beach this weekend, check out the FTSC as they host this annual coed social soccer extravaganza. There is an opening night party at The Double L on Friday, July 2, and tournament play is scheduled for July 3 at Rehoboth Beach Elementary School.
Night Out with the DC United
The FTSC has organized the first ever Night Out with the DC United at RFK Stadium on September 25, against the Houston Dynamo. Premium individual tickets are $20 (almost half the usual $36 price). Ticket prices decrease to $18 each for a block of 10, and to $16 each for a block of 25 or more. Stay tuned for more details of this event.
Women’s Winter Indoor Wrap-Up Cup
This tournament represents another first for the FTSC. In late March this year, the FTSC organized an all-ladies indoor event at the Rockville Sportsplex. Eight teams from D.C. and Philadelphia clashed and the event was considered a huge success. It will likely be repeated in 2011.
Pick-up play near the National Mall is the Triangle’s baseline activity. Sunday pick-up happens year-round and Wednesday pick-up starts in the spring and ends in the late fall. Pick-up play is open to people of all genders, skill levels and orientations. Bring a dark or white shirt as teams are divided in that manner. No gray or pastel color shirts. Cleats and shin guards are strongly suggested. A map showing the location is available on the website. For more information, contact Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
The Triangles have been involved with several local and international charitable causes over the years. Two recent efforts involve the Building Bridges program in South Africa and the Remote Villages Project in Honduras. Through fundraising efforts, the FTSC has helped to provide soccer supplies to impoverished communities in both South Africa and Honduras.
2010 Gay Games in Cologne, Germany
The FTSC is sending nine men and one woman to the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne, which begin July 31, 2010. Jim Ensor, president of the FTSC stated, “The men will partner with an Irish team, the Dublin Devils FC to form the Devil’s Triangles. The woman, Sami Holtz, will play with the Chicago team.” Go Triangles!
Kevin Majoros has been a member of the District of Columbia Aquatics Club since 1996 and a Team DC board member since 2006. Reach him at email@example.com.