December 29, 2017 at 9:30 am EST | by Kevin Majoros
YEAR IN REVIEW 2017: sports
2017 LGBT sports, Stonewall Climbing, gay news, Washington Blade

Stonewall Climbing was one of the new LGBT sports leagues to debut in the region this year. (Photo courtesy Stonewall Climbing)

The LGBT sports community in the Washington metro area has continued to thrive through the leadership skills of each respective team. In 2017, about 25 LGBT-based teams that represent a diverse cross-section of the LGBT community competed in locally hosted leagues along with tournaments around the world.

The Capital Tennis Association launched a free Beginner’s Basics program for members to learn basic skills and techniques. In September they hosted Capital Classic XXV and in addition, offered four seasons of league play. They picked up their third straight win at the Atlantic Cup in October defeating teams from Boston, New York and Philadelphia. Their players are also competing globally in other tournaments on the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance world tour.

The D.C. Gay Flag Football League completed seasons 14 and 15 in 2017 with close to 300 players on 20 teams. Their travel teams contested in tournaments in Chicago and Rehoboth Beach along with Gay Bowl in Boston.

The Federal Triangles Soccer Club hosted another successful season of the Summer of Freedom Soccer League along with competing in other District leagues and tournament play.

The Washington Wetskins water polo team hosted the Washington Wetskins Fall Invitational in October at the Takoma Aquatic Center and welcomed 12 teams from the Eastern Seaboard. They also traveled to multiple tournaments including the International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics World Championships in Miami.

The Chesapeake and Potomac Softball League hosted its biggest MAGIC tournament in July at Watkins Regional Park with 44 teams participating. At the ASANA Softball World Series in Austin, one of their women’s teams notched third place and one of their master’s men’s teams took third place in their division at the Gay Softball World Series in Portland. The CAPS just returned from the Bourbon Street Classic in New Orleans.

The D.C. Sentinels basketball team traveled to tournaments in Minneapolis and Philadelphia. Their weekly pick-up games continue along with the launch of the next season of the Washington D.C. Gay Basketball League.

The Stonewall Sports umbrella organization continues to host play through Stonewall Kickball, Stonewall Dodgeball, Stonewall Bocce, Stonewall Climbing, Stonewall Billiards and Stonewall Yoga. The fourth annual Stonewall Sports National Tournament was held in July at locations throughout D.C. including the National Mall.

The District of Columbia Aquatics Club traveled to Miami in May where they won 171 medals at the International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics World Championships. In October they hosted more than 100 swimmers at the Columbus Day Classic at Wilson Aquatic Center.

All three of the local rugby teams, Washington Scandals, Washington Renegades and the Baltimore Flamingos, are playing in USA Rugby’s Mid-Atlantic Senior Men’s Division IV conference. They are also playing in tournaments and will travel to the Bingham Cup in Amsterdam in 2018.

Along with their successes at out-of-town tournaments, many of the teams hosted their own tournaments in D.C. and ran their own leagues. Registrations for new seasons will begin for many of the clubs in January.

The LGBT sports community of D.C. continues to evolve and this year’s new additions included Stonewall Climbing and Rogue Darts.

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