Metro Weekly

On Your Marks…

Your Guide to D.C. area sports groups

If you have an interest in sports, there’s likely a gay and lesbian sports group that shares it. Visit these groups at their web sites to find out more information about joining, and check the Metro Weekly community calendar every week for information on the latest activities.


”Adventuring is a not-for-profit, non-membership, all-volunteer organization serving the gay and lesbian community in the Washington D.C. area. Its purpose is to encourage and publicize group outdoor activities.” Call 202-462-0535 or visit

Capital Area Rainbowlers Association (CARA)

”A member supported organization composed of gay and lesbian bowling leagues in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Area.” Visit

Capital Tennis Association (CTA)

”Formed in 1994 as a not-for-profit organization to coordinate and promote the sport of tennis within the Washington D.C. metropolitan gay and lesbian community, the CTA provides casual and organized tennis programs. A terrific way to compete and socialize in a supportive atmosphere with other sports enthusiasts.” Visit

Chesapeake & Potomac Softball League (CAPS)

”Founded in 1983 to establish a friendly place for GLBT people in the greater Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area to go to play softball, learn and enhance softball skills and meet new people.” Visit

D.C. Aquatics Club (DCAC)

”The Washington area’s gay and lesbian aquatics team, welcomes beginning to expert swimmers, and anyone with an interest in the fitness, social and competitive aspects of adult swimming.” Visit

D.C. Front Runners

”A running, walking and social club serving Washington D.C.’s gay and lesbian community and their friends for over 25 years.” Visit

D.C. Ice Breakers

”A GLBTQ social group for informal ice skating at the Ballston Kettler Capitals Iceplex, followed by a social at a local restaurant, every first and third Wednesday of the month, year round.” Visit

D.C. Sentinels

”Provides a meeting place for [GLBT] and non-gay basketball athletes and fosters an environment in which basketball is a fun and exciting means of fellowship for individuals, by promoting excellence, integrity, and good sporting conduct. We believe basketball can be used as a tool to create lasting relationships between people from all walks of life.” Visit

D.C. Strokes Rowing Club

”Introduces and promotes the sport of rowing to the GLBT community and its allies by providing competitive and recreational rowing opportunities in a safe and supportive environment.” Visit

Federal Triangles Soccer Club (FTSC)

”FTSC is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to promote the growth of soccer and foster a sense of community for GLBT and GLBT-friendly players.” Visit

Flaming Football on the Mall

”This group is all about having fun, meeting new people and getting to play some football. People of all skill levels are welcome to come play. All games are two-hand touch and players may not wear spiked cleats. Teams are created on the spot each week. As long as there is a (somewhat) even number of players on both sides, we’re good to go.” Visit

League of Women Bowlers

”A newly formed women’s bowling league, which bowls on Sundays at 2 p.m. at the AMF Laurel Lanes in Maryland, from September through late April.” Visit

Potomac Rainbow Cruisers

”A very informal GLBT group that enjoys boating together and requires very little from its members: you must participate in at least one club activity each year.” Visit

Rainbow Spinnakers Sailing Club

”A diverse group of [GLBT] sailing enthusiasts located in [Metropolitan Washington], and the Chesapeake Bay area who sail on the Potomac River, the Chesapeake Bay, and beyond.” Visit

Saturday Morning Alternative Club King & Kween Pins (SMACK)

”A Saturday morning bowling club that bowls through April in Alexandria.” Visit

Ultimate Out

”D.C.’s only coed gay-friendly Ultimate Frisbee team that generally plays with the Washington Area Frisbee Club, in recreational league divisions.” Visit

Washington Furies

”A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and women’s rugby football club.” Visit

Washington Renegades Rugby Football Club

”A Division III rugby union football club, a member of the Potomac Rugby Union and USA Rugby, that provides a solid rugby and social experience for both seasoned players and newcomers to the sport. All are welcome to play…regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or income.” Visit

Washington Wetskins Water Polo Team

”Founded in 1985, this is the longest continuously operating water polo team in the United States that welcomes individuals who identify as gay, straight or bisexual. The team welcomes both men and women. Our common goal is learning, improving and excelling in the sport of water polo with no specific political agenda, other than tolerance and inclusion.” Visit

To submit a listing for your sporting group for Metro Weekly‘s Community Calendar, please send an e-mail to

Also, see more information about these groups in Metro Weekly’s online Community Directory.

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