adam
October 6, 2017 | by Compete Network
TEAM COMPETE MVP:

ADAM VAVREK

AGE: 32

CURRENT SPORT(S) PLAYED: Flag Football.

RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Single.

FAVORITE ATHLETE: Gronk (football) and Venus Williams (tennis).

FAVORITE TEAM: Patriots (sponsors of this year’s Gay Bowl XVII!)

INTERESTS/HOBBIES: Tennis, traveling, volunteering, digital marketing.

HOMETOWN: Midland, Texas.

CURRENT RESIDENCE: Boston, Massachusetts.

WHY YOU LOVE SPORTS: I love sports because it brings people together. It
has created a lot of opportunities for me and introduced me to people I normally
wouldn’t have met.

HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INVOLVED IN SPORTS: My mom
encouraged my twin brother and me to get out of the house and stop
playing so many video games.

OTHER SPORTS PLAYED: Tennis, softball, beer pong.

WHAT’S YOUR DAY JOB: Director of marketing at a content
marketing startup.

GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS:
Valedictorian of high school; raised money to volunteer
for two weeks in Tanzania; surviving growing up in
conservative West Texas.

GREATEST ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENTS:
Volunteer of the year in 2016 for Boston’s FLAG Flag
Football league; ranked in Texas in high school tennis.

WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL STORY? Tell us something
about you, what interactions you have had with the sports
community, LGBTQ community, etc : As a teen, sports was
merely a way to get out of the house and stay active. I learned
it meant more in my life a few years later when I moved to
Boston in 2010. In Boston I only knew a handful of people
and had a tough time making new friends. A friend suggested
I join the flag football league, where I instantly made friends
and felt part of a tight-knit community.

I fractured my skull in four places competing in a national
tournament a couple years ago. It was a very difficult time and
many people wonder why I still play flag football after going
through such a traumatic event. What I say to them is this –
the sport has given me so much and continues to do so; it’s one
of my outlets, something that brings me joy, something I look
forward to week-after-week. I’ve met best friends, boyfriends
and made lifelong connections through the league. It doesn’t
make sense for me to stop doing something that brings me so
much happiness.

IF GIVEN THE CHANCE, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL/
TEACH YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
And/or is there
anything you hope to teach the younger generation that may
be looking up to you? I wasted a lot of time being concerned
with what others thought of me, therefore not pursuing what
I was truly interested in. If I could go back and tell myself
anything, it would be to do what makes you happy and feel
complete.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS? Eventually, to
raise a family with happy and healthy children; lead a highly
successful marketing team; run a local nonprofit. And of
course, win a national flag football championship.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE
LGBTQ COMMUNITY’S INCLUSION IN SPORTS
DIVERSITY?
I think it’s a great way of breaking down
barriers and building a strong community. I think there are
certain preconceived notions about gay people that no longer
exist as more top athletes come out of the closet.

Photos by: Patrick Lentz Photography & Design

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