December 4, 2013 | by Kevin Majoros
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Stonewall Darts, gay news, Washington Blade

A member of Stonewall Darts in action. (Photo courtesy John Jack Photography)

Registration for the winter season of Stonewall Darts opens Monday and runs through Thursday (Dec. 12). League fees are $35 for returning players and $40 for new players.

The League was launched in January when some space in a back room opened up at MOVA Lounge D.C.

“I was bartending at MOVA when my bosses indicated that something needed to be created for the back room,” says Austin Henderson, commissioner and founder.

Henderson, who also plays Stonewall Kickball and Stonewall Bocce, went on a road trip to Harrisburg, Pa., and stumbled upon an LGBT darts league.

“I came back and told my bosses about it,” Henderson says. “Next thing you know, we launched a league with 72 players.”

The second season of the League grew to 94 players and the coming season, its third, is expected to cap out at 108 players with six players per team.

The players consist of male and female members of the LGBT community and their allies and the League will play on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at MOVA starting on Jan. 9.

Players can join as a six-member team or sign up as free agents to be placed on a team.  The season runs for eight weeks and is followed by the league playoffs.

At the beginning of each season, the teams nominate a charity of their choice to be the benefactor of any money raised by the respective teams who make it to the playoffs. At the Mid-Season Social, teams have an additional opportunity to raise funds for their charities.

“Last summer we had a bachelor and bachelorette auction at mid-season to supplement the money that is raised by the teams in the playoffs,” Henderson says. “Over the past two seasons, we have raised over $4,200 for charities such as the Trevor Project, Martha’s Table, City Dogs Rescue and the Point Foundation.”

During regular season play, six teams compete on three boards for roughly 45 minutes.  The remaining teams follow in six-team increments.

After registration closes, the League holds a kickoff party where the teams are announced, T-shirts are handed out and an overview is given on the rules and scoring.

“In our League, we value each player for who they are and what they bring to the League’s community,” Henderson says. “We also believe that organized communities have the ability and responsibility to support others in need.”

Registration for Stonewall Darts is at stonewalldarts.leagueapps.com.

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