by Borderstan.com July 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm 1,598 0

"Kickball Players"

The DC Stonewall Kickball League plays at Stead Park Field, 1625 P Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Dan Segal. Email him at dsegalAT]borderstan.com and find him on Twitter @segaldg.

Following the annual Drag Kickball tournament and festivities during Capital Pride Week in June, our curiosity was piqued on how the Stonewall Kickball-DC League started. Stonewall sports leagues are LGBT friendly and while most team members across the country are LGBT, everyone is welcome. I talked to Martin Espinoza, one of the founders of DC Stonewall Kickball.

Segal: When did the league start?

Espinoza: Mark Gustafson and I began planning the league over the summer of 2010 and introduced the inaugural Sunday season of Stonewall Kickball in the fall of 2010.  Our Sunday season started with six teams and 90 players and now has grown to 20 teams and more than 525 players. With this fast jump and high demand, we were able to most recently partner with DC Kickball, offering a Thursday night league now that has over 300 players and 12 teams currently.

Segal: What made you want to start this league?

Espinoza: Mark and I had played in other kickball leagues in DC and realized our teams wanted a less competitive, LGBT-friendly league that could better give back to the community. We had the perfect opportunity to create a new league where we could bring the people together and help raise money for local, LGBT non-profits. Looking for locations, we found Stead Park right off the 17th Street neighborhood [1625 P Street NW] and thought it would be a great fit. We knew we were onto something when JR’s and Cobalt were ready to sponsor and support our venture.

Segal: What separates you all from any of the other sports leagues/kickball leagues in the DC area?

Espinoza: The difference is, our main priority is FUN. We have created an environment for everyone to play, network and have a good time competitive or not. We also are the only social sports league in DC focused raising money for the community with more than $20,000 annually going to The DC Center for the LGBT community and other community-based organizations. The excitement and spirit of the league led us to create Stonewall Sports offering a range of sports with this same interest in FUN and charity. We now offer Stonewall Bocce and soon Dodgeball.

Segal: Funniest moment during/after a kickball game?

Espinoza: One of the funniest moments in kickball was the day a handful of players decided they would wear high heels to the game. Not only was this fun to watch, but also helped spur the idea of a drag kickball game. We later created the Stonewall Kickball DragBall as an annual Capital Pride event with real DC drag queens and Stonewall Kickball players dressed in drag.  Last month, our second annual DragBall raised over $11,000 for The DC Center and for Capital Pride.

Segal: Best team name?

Espinoza: That is hard to say, we have so many from My Caucus Enormous, Sit On My Base to Pitches Be Crazy.

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by Borderstan.com May 31, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

Second Annual Drag Kickball tournament is at Stead Park on Sunday evening, June 3. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

It’s time to determine who the Queens of the Ball really are…

Will our beautiful kickball players in drag clench the coveted title? Or will the winners-of-wonder be our beloved queens in uniform?

It’s all up-for-grabs at Capital Pride’s Second Annual Drag Kickball Game. Come cheer on the competition and root for your favorite team this Sunday, June 3, from 3 pm until 5 pm at Stead Park, 17th and Church Streets NW. (See pics from last year’s event: Pics! Pride 2011 Drag Kickball at Stead Field.)

Learn more about the DC Stonewall Kickball on their Facebook page.

For more information on this event and others throughout the festival, visit the Capital Pride event calendarBorderstan.com is proud to be among the sponsors of Capital Pride 2012.

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by Borderstan.com October 27, 2011 at 6:00 am 0

“Stonewall Kickball Fall” is by tedeytan from the Borderstan flickr pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, Stonewall Kickball Fall,” is from tedeytan and was taken on October 16 at Stead Park on the 1600 block of P Street NW. Stonewall Kickball plays its games in Stead Park — find out more about the league.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group and submit up to five photos per day in the pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com October 18, 2011 at 6:00 am 0

“2011 Stonewall Kickball” is by tedeytan from the Borderstan flickr pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, 2011 Stonewall Kickball,” is from tedeytan and was taken on October 9 at Stead Park on the 1600 block of P Street NW. Stonewall Kickball plays its games in Stead Park — find out more about the league.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group and submit up to five photos per day in the pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com June 5, 2011 at 10:31 am 0

Capital Pride 2011, Borderstan.com

Happy Pride, Borderstanis. If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate LGBT Pride then head over to the playing field at Stead Park at 5:30 pm this evening for Drag Kickball. A $5 donation goes to The DC Center and Capital Pride. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Stead Park is on the 1600 block of P Street NW.

As Capital Pride says on their website, “Two teams of local Drag Queens and members of the Stonewall Kickball league dressed in drag will compete to determine who the Queens of the Ball really are. Who will win? Who will cry? Most importantly, who will lose their weave?”

For more information on LGBT Pride events in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area, check out June 1-12: Capital Pride Events in Borderstan Area. Get complete Capital Pride 2011 information on their website.

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