On Saturday, September 24, 2011, Boston’s FLAG Flag Football League and the Massachusetts Commission on GLBT Youth will be hosting a first-ever GLBTQ Youth Field Day. The event will be held from 1pm-5:30pm on the M Street Field in Independence Park in South Boston, located on E. 1st Street between M and N Streets.
Teens throughout Massachusetts have been invited to spend the afternoon with other GLBTQ high school students for an afternoon of games, food, music, and networking. The league’s Commissioner, Richard Moore, sees this event as a natural extension of his organization’s mission.
“We became a 501(c)(3) organization last year precisely because we wanted to expand our services to the community and do good works.” Marc Lewis, the league’s Director of Charitable Programs and Field Day Coordinator, agrees. “Too often times GLBT youth feel excluded from team sports in high school, as many locker rooms, fields, and courts remain rife with homophobia and hurtful language. We want this field day to be a highly-enjoyable and memorable day for participants and, as part of it, look forward to sharing with them the game we enjoy so much.”
The league has funded buses for participants to ride from nine pick-up locations throughout the state in Auburn, Barnstable, Danvers, Lenox, North Andover, North Eastham, North Hampton, Plymouth, and Springfield.
More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page by searching “GLBTQ Youth Field Day.”
Participating high school students will be divided into eight teams to participate in the following activities:
"Rainbow Relay": Some of your old favorites in one great, big relay race! Think eating crackers then whistling, spinning around a bat, popping balloons with toothpicks in your mouth. You get the idea.
"Baggedy Ann and Andy": Your team will need to go through a pile of luggage, opening up each piece, until you've assembled all the items necessary to fully dress one of your teammates as Raggedy Ann or Andy!
"Flag Football": As the event is being hosted by a GLBT flag football league, they'll show you how much fun this game can be for everyone, regardless of experience and ability level.
"Lights Out": Each member of your team will use a fishing pole to get a lampshade onto your head. It's trickier than it sounds...as you'll be blindfolded!
A rain date has been set for October 1.