GO! Athletes is a Philadelphia-based national organization of LGBTQA high school, college and former student athletes that is shining a light on homophobia and discrimination in sports and encouraging athletes to recognize and accept all players, regardless of differences.
The organization is holding a GO! re-launch event with soccer star Joanna Lohman 7-9 p.m. Oct. 11 at University of Pennsylvania’s Bodek Lounge in Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St. Lohman played soccer for Philadelphia Independence and is currently a team member of D.C. United.
Across the area, 44 other schools have been invited to participate in GO! and open dialogues among LGBT and straight athletes. GO! executive director Anna Aagenes said that, through local and national outreach groups like this, she hopes more athletes will be comfortable coming out, and that out students might be encouraged to join athletic programs and form new allies.
Sponsorships for the event start at $100 are still available. Team Philadelphia is one of the sponsors, as is Penn Athletes and Allies Tackling Homophobia, which hosts Penn’s annual Pride Games.
For more information, visit www.goathletes.org.
Looking for a new look
Team Philadelphia is looking for artists. The organization, which serves as the umbrella group for local LGBT sports clubs, is seeking a new logo to launch the agency into 2013 and on to the 2014 Gay Games IX in Cleveland/Akron. The logo should represent the city and LGBT diversity. Entries must be received by Nov. 9, and the sports clubs will decide the winner from among the top three.
The winning artist will have his or her Gay Games IX registration fee paid, so get to work and show them your love. Gay Games registration fees go up Jan. 1.
The Gay Bowl in Denver, Colo., is the signature annual fall event for flag football, and our own Philadelphia Revolution garnered respect at the the event, Sept. 22-23.
The Revs rumbled through three successive teams in tournament play, giving them their first tournament championship game ever. They kept up with the Michigan Panthers in the finals until the last minutes, when the Panthers scored twice and took the top spot. Congrats to the Revolution for making Philadelphia proud!
Back here, the fall season began Sept. 29, with games every Saturday at Columbus Square Park, 13th and Wharton streets, through Nov. 17. If you want to chat them up about football or anything else, stop by a game or go to an after-play brunch or happy hour. You can also meet the club at its next JOCKS party, Oct. 14 at ICandy.
Spruce Street Sports
OutFest, held Oct. 7 in the Gayborhood, is a prime opportunity to talk to Philly’s sports groups and get information about the ones you’re interested in. The sports arena will be on Spruce Street between the mechanical bull and Camac Street.
With the 2014 Gay Games IX in Cleveland/Akron on the far horizon, it is not too early to get your game on and participate locally and internationally. If you are more inclined to be a spectator, consider being a supporter of your favorite group. All of them have expenses and gladly accept donations. Short stops • Gryphons Rugby Football Club battles Wilkes-Barre at home Oct. 6 at George Pepper Middle School; philadelphiagryphons.org. • Philadelphia Rollergirls are holding a workshop 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Millennium Skate World, 1900 Carman St., Camden, N.J. Tryouts for Rollergirls will be held during the same hours Nov. 11 at the same location; www.phillyrollerderby.com.