This year Team DC's ''Night Out'' makes a leap beyond baseball, hosting three other Night Out events, beginning with the July 21 Night Out at the Kastles tennis match, when Washington takes on the Philadelphia Freedoms at the new Kastles Stadium at the Wharf, 800 Waters St. SW.
''We know that not everybody can make it on the night of the Nationals game, and this gives a different opportunity for people, and different kinds of sports,'' says Brent Minor, program director for Team DC. ''Some people may be interested in women's basketball or tennis, so it helps to attract a different audience within in our own community.''
The Night Out events continue on July 26 at the Verizon Center with the Night Out at the Mystics, women's basketball game, when D.C. goes head to head with the San Antonio Silver Stars. On Sept. 21, the games continue on the soccer field with a Night Out at D.C. United at RFK Stadium as Washington takes on the Los Angeles's Chivas USA.
Minor says the games help build strong connections between D.C.'s LGBT community and major professional teams.
''More and more we see the importance of professional athletes setting examples, whether it's Ben Cohen or someone else," says Minor. "We know that athletes have impact far beyond our own community. If we can build a strong relationship, maybe that can turn into setting a good example that goes beyond just our own gay and lesbian sports teams.''
Tickets are not yet available for the full Night Out series, but details will be forthcoming at teamdc.org.