Featured in the July/ August 2018 Issue of Compete Magazine
Celebrate the Labor Day weekend with Varsity Gay League’s (VGL) new multi-sport festival with tournaments for kickball and dodgeball being held in the heart of sunny San Diego. From August 30 through September 2, festival participants will get to play the sport they love while also spending time with old and new friends having fun at pool parties, bar crawls, games and contests.
While the VGL is a gay league, you don’t have to be LGBTQ to join in the fun. Play is co-ed and includes all levels of play. As long as you’re between 18 to 99 years old on September 1, 2018, you can play in any of the group’s events! Anticipated attendance at this time ranges between 280-300 people.
The kickball tournament will take place at Balboa Park and Golden Hill Park where up to 48 teams will be competing in a two-day double elimination tournament. The winning kickball team will win free entrance to next year’s Gay Kickball USA tournament.
Dodgeball is an indoor no-sting tournament for up to 12 teams that will take place at the Golden Hill Dodgeball Courts. Day one is a seeded tournament with a single elimination tournament on day two. Brackets for both kickball and dodgeball will be determined by location and blind draw.
The fun kicks off Friday night with the Opening Party at Uptown Tavern, the casual hip bar and eatery located in the heart of the popular gayborhood of Hillcrest. Players get wristbands that admit them to exclusive parties, drink specials and tons of events. And the Coors Party Bus will be shuttling players from the host hotel to Hillcrest and back both Friday and Saturday nights.
Saturday night festival goers get to dance the night away at another Hillcrest hotspot – Rich’s San Diego, the area’s oldest, largest and most popular gay nightclub. With big dance floors, full bars, incredible DJs and the best dance music in town, the good news is that all VGL players get a reduced admission at Rich’s all weekend long with drink specials.
Host hotel for the weekend of non-stop fun is the Lafayette, the historic boutique hotel also located in Hillcrest. All registered guests receive a complimentary gift bag from Malibu Rum and Miller/Coors who are hosting all the tournament events. Not only close to the games and bars, the Lafayette has one of the best pools in the San Diego area and it is the location of Sunday night’s Closing Private VIP Pool Party.
Perhaps the highlight of the weekend festival is the awarding of prizes – the “illustrious Varsity Gay League Sports Festival Trophy,” all the medals and of course, the all-important bragging rights that are always part of the fun at sports festivals. All-in-all, it’s a pretty great way to spend a Labor Day Weekend.
Find more information here https://www.varsitygayleague.com/san-diego-sports-festival/
By Harry Andrew