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Team Chicago provides individuals and organizations with the opportunity to participate in sporting and cultural events according to their personal interests and capabilities. Team Chicago’s mission is to provide support to the LGBT community, furthering participation, inclusion, and pursuit of personal best.

We do this through promotion, outreach, and sponsorship.

AAC Beach Volleyball Registration and League Information

AAC (Athletic Alliance of Chicago) Beach Volleyball season is upon us. Registration will be held this coming up Monday, 8 April 2013 at SoFo Tap from 7pm-10pm. SoFo Tap is located at 4923 N. Clark Street, 60640.

SoFo also sponsors a limited number of teams, please inquire when registering if they have any spaces available.

League Details:
Monday Nights, 630p-830p at Montrose Beach

Captain's Meeting at Big Chicks on 13 May 2013, 630-8pm

Season Start, 3 June 2013
No games on 8 July 2013
Season End, 12 August 2013
Playoffs, Sunday, 18 August 2013
Team and Individual registration now open online

AAC is a member partner organization of Team Chicago Athletics and Culture! Please email us at: Calendar@TeamChicago.org if you wish to have your events published with Team Chicago Athletics and Culture -- Leading the local delegation to international sports and cultural competitions since 1982!

Quote from Dominique Foxworthy

This quote from Dominique Foxworth helps us today to validate the sentiments behind the volunteer work that we do at Team Chicago not just locally, but around the world with our partners at the Federation of Gay Games; Not just on the issue of "Marriage Equality", but "Equality for all through sport!"

"Athletes have long been among the most prominent agents for social change. We are proud of our role on the front lines of civil rights. We have stood up for issues that are bigger than the game we play, and though the topics debated may change over the years, the principle is the same: We fundamentally believe that all people deserve equal rights."

-Dominique Foxworthy, President NFL Players Association

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Windy City Performing Arts Holds Auditions

We are excited that you are thinking about auditioning for one of Windy City Performing Arts' (WCPA) choruses! Aria is our SSAA chorus and Windy City Gay Chorus (WCGC) is our TTBB chorus. Both choruses are filled with people who celebrate diversity, honor creativity, and cultivate pride through our singing together.

Auditions will be held at Ebenezer Lutheran Church (1650 W. Foster, Chicago, IL) on Saturday, March 9 from 10 am to 2 pm. You will be lead in some simple vocalization exercises, and after that, you will be asked to sing a prepared piece of music...your choice, any style. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music for yourself and the accompanist. You do not need to memorize anything.

Aria rehearses on Monday evenings from 7:30-10:00; WCGC rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-10:00. Rehearsals for the Pride Prep will begin on March 11 (Aria) and March 13 (WCGC). You can also check out our website (www.windycitysings.org) to learn more about WCPA.

If you are interested in auditioning, please complete a sign-up form by clicking this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEc4S2JFRGljUmhSYmp...

If you have any questions about the audition process, feel free to email us at join@windycitysings.org.

30 years and 8 Quadriennial Games Later!!!

It has been only 30 years since the first Gay Games took place which has had significant impact in the world of Anti-Homophobia in Sports initiatives and countless number of sports leagues and cultural programs comprising of LGBTQ and those friendly to the community. Six years ago in 2006, Chicago played host to the world to around 12,000 athletes and cultural members and over 4,500 volunteers working countless number of hours to pull off the 8 day event.

This weekend, West Hollywood places host for the official 30 year Anniversary celebration of the Gay Games. Representatives from the next host cities of Cleveland/Akron GG9 and Board Members from the Federation of Gay Games have an incredible weekend of events planned culminating with the Legacy Awards Brunch on Sunday. A detailed schedule of the schedule of events can be found at http://gaygames.org/wp/events/30th-anniversary/

Federation of Gay Games announces results of first phase of Gay Games X (2018) site selection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dennis Sneyers, Officer, Site Selection, Federation of Gay Games
Email: fggbids@gaygames.org

Federation of Gay Games announces results of first phase of Gay Games X site selection.
The cities of Amsterdam, Limerick, London, Orlando, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo qualified to bid for the 2018 Gay Games.

San Francisco, CA - (18 July 2012) The international Federation of Gay Games (FGG) announced today the results of the first phase of bidding for Gay Games X. Seven cities on three continents expressed an interest in bidding by submitting a response to FGG’s Request for Information. Among those responding were the first potential bids from Latin America.

The seven cities are: Amsterdam, Limerick, London, Orlando, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
Officer for Site Selection Dennis Sneyers expressed the pleasure of the FGG in receiving so many expressions of interest, and of such high quality: “The FGG has never received seven expressions of interest, and these RFI responses go well beyond a simple expression of interest. This is the first time we have used a preliminary step of a Request for Information, and we are very satisfied with this procedure which allows for potential bidders to learn more about what the process entails. Bidding is long, demanding, and has a cost that any interested party needs to take into account. After a review of the responses, we consider that all bidders are able to continue the bidding process.”

FGG co-president Kurt Dahl added: “We consider the choice of a host for the Gay Games one of the Federation’s most important tasks. We wish the bidding groups courage as they take the next steps in this process. Only three of these groups will make it to the site selection meeting in late 2013 in Cleveland, the host of the next edition of the Gay Games in 2014 [www.gg9cle.com], where FGG member organizations will choose one of them as the host of Gay Games X.”

The next step in the process is the release of the Request for Proposal document which details the requirements for bidders’ documents, which will be due in February 2013. Sneyers noted: “We are confident that we will have the satisfying and challenging task of choosing among a number of highly qualified bidders.

We will have a first contact with bidders at our annual general assembly in August in Sofia, Bulgaria, where potential bidders have been invited to attend an information session.”
View the bidders’ responses and follow news of Gay Games X bidding at http://2018.gaygames.org.

For information about the Federation of Gay Games, visit www.gaygames.org.
The ninth edition of the quadrennial Gay Games will be held in Cleveland + Akron, OH 9-16 August , 2014. For information about Gay Games 9, Cleveland 2014, visit www.gg9cle.com.

About the Gay Games
Built upon the principles of Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best, since 1982 the Gay Games have empowered thousands of LGBT athletes and artists through sport, culture, and fellowship.
About The Federation of Gay Games:

The international Federation of Gay Games is the governing body the quadrennial Gay Games and promotes the event's founding principles of “Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best”™. The Gay Games was conceived by Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic decathlete, and was first held in San Francisco in 1982 with 1,350 participants. Subsequent Gay Games were held in San Francisco (1986 - 3,500 participants), Vancouver (1990 - 7,300 participants), New York (1994 - 12,500 participants), Amsterdam (1998 - 13,000 participants), Sydney (2002 - 11,000 participants), Chicago (2006 - 11,700 participants), and Cologne, (2010 – 10,000 participants).

Gay Games 9 will be held in Cleveland + Akron, OH, USA 9-16 August 2014. Visit www.gg9cle.com for more information.

“Gay Games”, “Federation of Gay Games”, the interlocking circles device, and the phrase “Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best” are trademarks of the Federation of Gay Games, Inc. Trademarks are registered in the USA, Canada, Benelux, the UK, Germany, and Australia.