Following in the footsteps of the NBA which announced this summer that they would move their 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, the NCAA will pull seven championship events from North Carolina. The NCAA said it will relocate the men’s basketball first- and second-round games that were scheduled for March 17 and 19 in Greensboro as well as the following games listed below.
- Division I women’s soccer championship, Dec. 2 and 4 in Cary
- Division III men’s and women’s soccer championships,Dec. 2 and 3 in Greensboro
- Division I women’s golf regional championships, May 8-10 in Greenville
- Division III men’s and women’s tennis championships, May 22-27 in Cary
- Division I women’s lacrosse championship, May 26 and 28 in Cary
- Division II baseball championship from May 27 to June 3 in Cary
In response to the NCAA’s decision, citing that state’s anti-LGBT law – HB2, the North Carolina Republican Party issued this bizarre statement.
“This is so absurd it’s almost comical. I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all men’s and women’s teams together as singular, unified, unisex teams. Under the NCAA’s logic, colleges should make cheerleaders and football players share bathrooms, showers and hotel rooms.
“This decision is an assault to female athletes across the nation. If you are unwilling to have women’s bathroom and locker rooms, how do you have a women’s team? I wish the NCAA was this concerned about the women who were raped at Baylor. Perhaps the NCAA should stop with their political peacocking — and instead focus their energies on making sure our nation’s collegiate athletes are safe, both on and off the field.”
It is unclear how to respond to such a bizarre reaction. I’m starting to wonder how much of a financial burden North Carolina politicians are willing to assume before recognizing that they are not only being made a pariah but they are doing harm to their state’s economy and reputation that will linger long after HB2 is repealed.
Sadly The Warwick Rowers (shown above) are not a LGBT gay sports club.
Last year at this time I shared a post featuring a variety of LGBT sports teams and clubs you could join as a way to get out and meet people. I wanted to share the links again to encourage anyone looking to make more friends, meet people or simply get out of the house and be more active.
Some of these clubs / teams are seasonal so take that into account when you reach out to these groups and best of luck to you. If you are new to Boston, let me be among the first to welcome you.
Beantown Softball League
Boston Flag Football
Boston Gay Basketball League
Boston Pride Hockey
Boston Strikers Soccer
Boston Ironsides Rugby
Monday Night Bowling League
Liquid Assets New England Swimming (LANES)
OutRyders: New England’s Gay Ski & Snowboard Club
QuICK – Queer Inclusive Climbing Klub
Frontrunners: Boston Gay Running Club
Tennis 4 All
Apologies if I have overlooked any area gay clubs or sports leagues. Feel free to add information for any such group in the comments section of my blog.
Red Bull Flugtag makes its first appearance in Boston this weekend.
What is the Red Bull Flugtag? It is a creative challenge to design, build and pilot home-made flying machines off a 28-foot high flight deck that will be erected along the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston’s Back Bay. Teams are judged on three criteria: flight distance, creativity of the craft, and showmanship. All will be challenged to beat the current record of 258 feet.
For more details about the event visit the official website, redbullflugtag.com/usa-Boston
Note that if you are in an office or around children there is a fair amount of swearing, but this is absolutely hilarious and I thought worth sharing.
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All eyes will be on Rio de Janeiro when the Opening Ceremony broadcasts with a one hour delay on the East Coast starting at 8PM ET on NBC.
Will you be watching? I will. I love Brazil and I love the Olympics.
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out the Boston Flag Football crew who will be hosting their annual Flag Football Beach Bowl in Ogunquit on Saturday, August 6th, starting at 10AM (exact time does depend on the tide schedule).
All are welcome whether you want to participate or just watch and have fun at the beach with your friends. After playing on the beach the fun will continue at
Mainestreet bar for a post-Beach Bowl Tea Dance from 3PM – 8PM on their front deck. For more details visit their FB page, here.