The LGBT sports community of D.C. continues to shine after their medal haul in August at the 2014 Cleveland/Akron Gay Games. Leagues and tournaments are being contested during the fall season by the competitive teams that have traveled as far away as Sydney, Australia.
Team D.C., Federal Triangles Soccer Club and D.C. United are hosting the annual United Night OUT on Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. as Eastern Conference leaders. D.C. United take on the Philadelphia Union at RFK Stadium.
Special guests will be the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington whose members will sing the National Anthem and the D.C. Different Drummers Pep Band in the Screaming Eagles Cheering Section.
The Triangles will host their traditional tailgate party starting at noon in Parking Lot 8 and will provide the grill and meats. Team D.C. will provide the beer and all are welcome to bring side dishes. Tickets are $25 in the lower level and can be purchased at unitednightout.com.
The Capital Tennis Association will be hosting Capital Classic XXII from Saturday through Monday with close to 300 players competing. This year’s tournament will be contested on hard courts and will be held at the Rock Creek Tennis Center and the East Potomac Tennis Center. The event will be broadcast live on the CCE Sports Network.
Capital Tennis Association runs an abbreviated outdoor fall season league from September to October.
The travel teams from the D.C. Gay Flag Football League will head to Gay Bowl XIV Oct. 9-12 in Philadelphia which is expected to draw 28 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams from across the country.
At last year’s Gay Bowl, the Washington Generals lost by one point in the Championship game and they are looking for another successful run this year. For the first time, they will be sending a female team, the Washington Senators, to the Championships. They will be joined by three men’s teams: the Washington Generals, the Washington Admirals and the Washington Commanders.
The League also recently kicked off season nine with 20 teams competing for the fall championship.
Members of the Washington Scandals Rugby Football Club traveled to Sydney, Australia at the end of August for Bingham Cup 2014. They competed as a combined club with members from other teams as the Muddy Armada Berzerkers and finished fourth in Pool D. You can watch some of their matches on their Facebook page.
The D.C. Strokes Rowing Club traveled to Grand Rapids, Mich., in August for the USRowing Masters National Championships where their team boats won one silver and three bronze medals. Two other local rowing clubs, Potomac Boat Club and Capital Rowing, also won multiple medals and finished first and sixth respectively in the team competition. The Strokes are currently in the middle of their head race season which are crew time-trials in longer distances that are contested into November.
Fall Ball started for the Chesapeake and Potomac Softball League on Sept. 6 and runs through Oct. 18. Three teams from the league, D.C. Blitz, D.C. Disturbance and D.C. Titans, are headed to the 2014 North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance Gay Softball World Series in Dallas Sept. 22-27. About 4,000 players from 44 leagues across North America are expected to compete.
The Federal Triangles Soccer Club wrapped up its 2014 Summer of Freedom League at the end of August with the Annie’s team winning the championship match and taking home the Cummings Cup.
Swimmers from the District of Columbia Aquatics Club will compete at the 2014 Patriot Masters Sprint Classic at George Mason University in Fairfax on Oct. 26. The meet offers sprint length races including 25 yard events in all four strokes.
The Washington Renegades Rugby Football Club began match play for the fall season in the Capital Rugby Union league. The season will run through Nov. 15 and the Renegades field one team in Division III and one team in Division IV.