November 2, 2018 at 9:42 am EST | by Kevin Majoros
New Rogue Cornhole sports league attracts nearly 100 players
Rogue Cornhole, gay news, Washington Blade

Rogue Cornhole has proved surprisingly popular as a new D.C. LGBT sports league. (Photo by John Jack Photography; used with permission)

The LGBT sports community of D.C. welcomed a new league in September when Rogue Cornhole launched its inaugural season at Midland Beer Garden.

The league is an offshoot of Rogue Darts and registration sold out in less than a week. Season one has 96 players on 24 teams who are playing on Wednesday nights through the end of November. Also known as bean-bag toss, players throw bean bags at a raised platform trying to land them in a hole.

Kevin Comerford was volunteering for Rogue Darts at Capital Pride and found himself stepping forward as league commissioner.

He had already been active with the D.C. Gay Flag Football League, Rogue Darts and Stonewall Bocce. Comerford is originally from North Carolina and did his undergrad and grad work at North Carolina State University before moving to D.C. where he now works as a finance manager for a real estate company.

“Cornhole is more of a relaxed sport and we have a great, interesting mix of people,” Comerford says. “These are people you might not meet otherwise and it feels like a nice addition to the LGBT community.”

Comerford adds that the success of the first Rogue Cornhole season was helped by the Rogue Darts base which served as a platform to bring people into the league. The league divisions are named for the Golden Girls and he was surprised by the energy surrounding their kickoff season.

“The enthusiasm was amazing, and the teams were working on their own logos in the buildup to our launch,” Comerford says. “The first season has been a learning experience and we expect the dynamic to change with each season.”

Rogue Cornhole will follow the precedent set by Rogue Darts in donating their league proceeds to nonprofits chosen by the league teams. They are expecting to raise close to $5,000 in their first season and Midland Beer Garden will continue to be their home in future seasons.

“They have a great indoor/outdoor space and there is room for us to grow,” Comerford says. “Players can bring their dogs and it is a perfect spot for us.”

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