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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.

2011 NAGVA Championships Released Transportation Registration Site

North American Gay Volleyball Association (NAGVA) updated their website with updated Transportation, Travel and Accommodations information. Team Chicago members and teams who are going to the 2011 Championships in Houston can now reserve their seat on the FREE shuttle provided by NAGVA and obtain assistance with booking other travel, accommodations and local attractions including return airport transfers, rental cars, airfare and the NASA Expereience at the Johnson Space Museum in Houston over Memorial Day Weekend all at special discounted rates negotiated for the Championships.

NAGVA participants booking prior to April 15 will receive a discount of 15% on their departure ground transfer (Just enter discount code 'NAGVA15' during the reservation process.

Reserve Your Transfer Now!

2011 IGBO Tournament, Toronto, Canada Registration Deadline Approaches

Hello Chicago Area Bowlers!

Just a friendly reminder that the early bird registration deadline for the IGBO Annual 2011 Tournament in Toronto is April 15th. Registrations received after April 15th will be charged a $10 Late Registration Fee.

If you have not registered yet, please go to our web-site at www.igbo2011.org and complete your on-line registration. Some shifts are starting to fill up so if you need to bowl on specific shifts please submit your entry as soon as possible as shifts are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Also, if you have not made your flight arrangements yet and you are flying from Boston, Chicago or Newark or can get a connecting flight through one of these cities, you may want to check out Porter Airlines which flies into the downtown Toronto Island Billy Bishop Airport. Check out www.flyporter.com and enter promo code "ART30" to receive a 30% discount on flights into Toronto. You must book by April 6th in order to receive this 30% discount. Team Chicago also has available discount codes for United and American Airlines for the tournament that you can get quotes by calling 1-877-354-6082. Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM

We hope that you are planning on joining us in Toronto from May 25th to May 30th for what promises to be another great IGBO Tournament. For more information about the 31st IGBO Annual Tournament or on what to do while in Toronto, please check out our web-site at www.igbo2011.org

We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto in May!

North American Continental Outgames - Track and Field Update

The track and field event has been changed to Thursday and Friday July 28 & 29, 2011. This allows you to compete in the 10k road race or 4k walk on Saturday July 30.

You can even sign up for the Eco Challenge (July 25 & 27) or Mountain Biking (July 26) events in Whistler before the start of the track meet.

The Outgames fee has been reduced to $75.00 CDN until Feb 28, 2011. After this date, it goes up to $100.00 CDN. Individual sports fee are on top of the Outgames fee, which start at $15 per track event. You only pay the Outgames fee once.

Plus if you have a group of 10 who registers at the same time, the 11th person receives a free Outgames registration. The sport fee is extra.

Registration and additional information is available at www.vancouver2011outgames.com

There's a lot of reasons to come to the North American Outgames in Vancouver, Canada this July -- come and see an Olympic city, enjoy the breath taking scenery (and I'm not just talking about the hot guys and girls), come for the Human Rights conference, and come and enjoy the festivities during Vancouver Pride. The Outgames end the day before the Pride parade.

2011 Nomination of Board Members and Officers

Team Chicago's Annual Election of Board Members and Officers will be this Saturday (Jan 8, 2011) at 11 AM at the Center on Halsted. Anyone interested in being a board member or officer for 2011 should plan to be present at this meeting. Email info@TeamChicago.org for additional information on any of these roles and to submit your statement of interest and resume.

The new board members will help lead the delegation to the 2011 North American Continental Outgames in Vancouver this summer and set the direction of Team Chicago's future.

Any candidate who is a paid member of Team Chicago is eligible to be nominated.

Center on Halsted
3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60613
Meeting Room: TBD
Starts promptly at 11AM

U.S. Looses Bid for 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Russia to host 2018 World Cup

The U.S. lost its 2022 World Cup bid on Thursday to a tiny, over-heated desert nation with no particular soccer history or infrastructure.

The announcement in Zurich by FIFA president Sepp Blatter – which came on the heels of awarding Russia the 2018 World Cup – was not a big surprise, given the politics and money involved in the 22-member election process.

Qatar has unlimited government funding, a convenient time zone for the nine European voting members and has enthusiastically backed Blatter’s terms in office.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2010/12/02/2010-12-02_fifa...