Welcome to Beantown! On behalf of Boston’s FLAG (Friends Lesbians and Gays) Flag Football community we are excited to be the first to welcome you to our home town. Our league embraces anyone who wants to play, regardless of skill level; it’s a community that gives back because the more you give, the more you receive. That belief is ingrained in everything that we do – it’s the core of our vision: “Tackling stereotypes, building community and transforming lives through sport for the LGBTQ and ally community.”
Our city prides itself on being a leader (we were first in marriage equality) and now Boston is the first city to have all its professional sports teams recognize the value and importance of Gay Bowl and its athletes. We were ecstatic to announce that the New England Patriots joined our long-term partner, Planet Fitness as presenting sponsors of Gay Bowl XVII. Their support was a huge help in taking our message to the Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins who all, without hesitation jumped in.
The Patriots recognized that our vision mirrors their belief in LGBTQ inclusiveness, including marriage equality. The Patriots have been engaged with us throughout the planning process and we are confident we will continue working with them in the future. And the Red Sox honored us during pride and had our committee at the mound while the first pitch was thrown at their official Pride Night at Fenway.
We sincerely thank all our sponsors, committee members, volunteers, friends and family for your support. We could not have done this without you. And a special thank you to our presenting sponsors Planet Fitness and the New England Patriots; your support of this tournament is truly a game changer. Most importantly, we want to thank all the athletes, referees and their friends and families for making the trip to participate in what we believe will be an historic event for LGBTQ sports. There would not be a tournament without you. We can’t wait for kick off!
Yours in sport,
Danny and Dave
DIRECTORS, 2017 GAY BOWL XVII
Gay Bowl Directors Dave Hamilton (L) and Danny Tyrrell (R)
Photographer: Patrick Lentz Photography & Design
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