After four years of training, fundraising, and playing, 60 local athletes will be heading to Gay Games 9 this week in Cleveland/Akron, Ohio. The weeklong event, held every four years, will comprise every type of sport imaginable. Team Philadelphia athletes, for example, will be competing against teams from around the world in everything from soccer and billiards to track and rodeo.
Team Philadelphia is an official delegate to the Federation of Gay Games. Our athletes will be there for the opening ceremony on Saturday, August 9th, sporting a new t-shirt with a logo designed by members of The Attic Youth Center and several local teams. The design recalls a cross-section in the Gayborhood, street signs emblazoned with the words “Team” and “Philadelphia.” A little taste of home to get the local spirit flowing.
With athletes like Michael Sam, Tom Daley, and Brittney Griner coming out of the closet this year, there’s never been a bigger moment for LGBT sports. Stay tuned to G Philly for more coverage of the games. For now, though, we wish our athletes the heartiest of rah-rah-rahs!