Sundance Outdoor Adventure Society
Established in 1980, Sundance Outdoor Adventure Society is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization based in the New York metropolitan area, devoted to non-competitive outdoor activities for the LGBT community. Sundance began as a hiking club. As member interests diversified, other activities were added. Sundance currently is organized around camping and backpacking, biking, boating, hiking, horseback riding, metro/cultural, skiing/snowboarding and skating
Sundance outings are within a two-hour radius of NYC. They can be as varied as an evening at the Museum of Modern Art, a hike in the Catskills, or a bike ride in the Hamptons. Many outings are day trips, but we also have weekend trips, as well as Extended Treks that last a week or longer and have ventured as far away as Europe, South America, New Zealand, and the Far East. Sundance also rents a Ski Lodge near Okemo Mountain in Ludlow, Vermont, and a Beach House in Fire Island Pines.
Team New York Aquatics
TNYA was founded in 1990 in preparation for Gay Games III in Vancouver. We welcome swimmers of every ability, sexual orientation, race, creed, status, and age (although you must be over 19, in keeping with US Masters regulations).
Our membership now numbers over 175 swimmers, water-polo players, and synchronists of all levels of experience. Many swimmers swim for fitness alone, challenging themselves in workouts by swimming against their own best times. Many others challenge their goals through rigorous competition, by regularly attending swim meets with the team. With our excellent coaching staff (all of whom are team members themselves), all swimmers receive individual attention and encouragement.
Please join us! As a member, you can attend any of our numerous weekly workouts. Anyone with questions is welcome to get in touch with us; for specifics, see our contacts page. For more information about our water polo team, see our water polo page.
NYC Gay Basketball
The New York City Gay Basketball League (NYCGBL) is New York’s first official gay basketball league. We maintain an athletic environment free of discrimination for members and friends of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
The league promotes positive values in our community and will fight to eliminate negative stereotypes associated with LGBT athletics.
Beginners are always welcome, as are players of all experience. Learn the game at one of our Beginner Clinics!
Monday Night Madness Bowling
Monday Night Madness (MNM) is a social, semi-competitive, mixed bowling league open to all bowlers, regardless of sex, race, religion or sexual preference. Our league currently bowls at 300 New York / AMF Chelsea Piers bowling lanes located at 23 Street and West Side Highway at Pier 60.
Skill level is not a factor to MNM. We use a handicap system that places ALL bowlers regardless of bowling skill on an equal basis. Our aim is to enjoy a night with friends while participating in a sport we enjoy.
MNM is a winter bowling league, sanctioned in accordance with the United States Bowling Congress (USBC). In accordance with this, all bowlers are required to become members of the USBC.
Sunday Bowling League NYC
For over 20 years, Sunday Bowling League NYC has been bringing LGBT bowlers together across the Tri-State region. This year, we are happy to say that we will be bowling at 300 New York, located at Chelsea Piers. For more information about the 2010-2011 season, please contact us. We would be glad to speak to you about joining our league!
Sunday Bowling League is proud to be affiliated with the United States Bowling Congress (USBC). We are a sanctioned league, and all members are required to join when bowling with us. Joining the USBC gives you other great benefits, including keeping track of your averages, discounts on tournaments and access to coaches as well as other member benefits.
Cheer New York
Cheer New York is an all-volunteer adult cheerleading squad by and for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Straight (LGBTS) communities. Cheer New York provides an opportunity for LGBTS cheerleaders, dancers and gymnasts to share their talents, training, and experience with each other and the greater New York community. Through performances, which combine cheerleading, dance, tumbling and extreme stunts, Cheer New York inspires hope, encouragement, spirit, strength, support and understanding in audiences wherever we perform. For our athletes, we provide a positive and mutually supportive environment, where adult men and women of all ages, gay and straight, can challenge themselves, and strive for personal excellence!
OutCycling is an LGBT bike club set up to promote safe recreational cycling in NYC and the metro area. We host safe, fun and accesible day trips for all. We also have Back-to-Biking classes designed to get those who have not ridden in years back on a bike and comfortable with cycling safely in NYC.
Fast N Fabulous
Fast N Fab, New Yorkâ€™s LGBT bike club, holds weekly rides along with various social events, including a monthly dinner hosted by members at their favorite restaurants. The rides vary widely in pace, distance, skill level, etc., so itâ€™s a good idea to get in touch with the ride leader and figure out if itâ€™s the ride you want to be on; there are also sometimes last-minute changes. We have a fairly even distribution between men and women, and the vast majority of our riders are not competitive. Fast & Fab cyclists take part in most of the organized rides in the New York City area, such as the Five Boro Bike Tour, the Montauk Century, the Bloominâ€™ Metric, the Pumpkin Patch Pedal and many others.
The Village Dive Club
The Village Dive Club is an GLBT friendly dive club for anyone with a passion of scuba-diving. From experienced divers, to new divers, to those considering diving- The Village Dive Club is open to all. Our activities include club meetings, dive trips, social events, and supporting GLBT causes.
Big Apple Dodgeball
BIG APPLE DODGEBALL is New York City’s non-profit, community-minded co-ed dodgeball league for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and LGBTQI-friendly New Yorkers who want to play the competitive sport of Dodgeball in an athletic environment free of harassment, discrimination and drama. Well, minimal dramatics.
NY Gay Football League
The New York Gay Flag Football League consists of 18 teams and over 200 members. The league has Spring and Fall seasons. League registration begins approximately 6 weeks before the start of each season. Players are assigned to teams based on a player draft.
All skill levels are welcome. Teams will consist of experienced and novice players. In addition to weekend games, the league holds several popular social events during the season.
Front Runners New York
Front Runners New York (FRNY) is the cityâ€™s premier running club for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight allies. For more than 30 years, the club has supported a network individuals that range from recreational walkers and joggers to competitive track athletes, road racers and marathoners. Front Runners sticks to a simple mission â€” to provide lesbians and gays with a healthier life through running. No matter what your pace, preferred distance or racing goal, you will find members to run and train with. Many of our members found lifelong friends, training partners and spouses through the club. At Front Runners New York, we are family in every sense of the word! Whether you are running for fun, competition, fitness, or just want to socialize and get to know other runners, we’re glad to have you join us!
Front Runners is one of New Yorkâ€™s largest athletic communities with 600 active members in all 5 boroughs, Long Island and New Jersey. Each year, FRNY teams up with New York Road Runners to produce the annual Pride Run, a five-mile race in Central Park. What began as a small gathering in the early eighties with a few hundred runners has grown into a true world class event for thousands of athletes and spectators. Founded in 1979, Front Runners New York is affiliated with more than 100 clubs internationally that were inspired by Patricia Nell Warrenâ€™s novel The Front Runner.
NYC Gay Hockey League
Celebrating more than 10 years on the ice, the New York City Gay Hockey Association provides an environment free of harassment and discrimination for members and friends of the LGBT community to fulfill their athletic aspirations.
Our six teams play weekly games at Chelsea Piers Sky Rink in three different skill divisions. And while our main passion is hockey, we’re social off the ice too. After all, there’s no better way to celebrate a win (or mourn a hard-fought defeat) than with a couple of beers or shots.
Our biggest event is the Chelsea Challenge, a three-day tournament hosted every June. We have as many as 12 teams participating and players from all over North America and a few from as far away as Paris and Stockholm. Our teams have also traveled to tournaments in Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, Denver, Ottawa, Sydney, Chicago and Cologne.
For those of you intimidated by hockey, but don’t be: We love nurturing new players. If you’ve ever wanted to play, come out and watch a game. They’re free and open to everyone. Just remember to bring a sweatshirt and not wear flip flops: the rink is cold!
New York Gay Pool League
HANG OUT â€“ HAVE some FUN â€“ HUSTLE some POOL â€“ HELP the COMMUNITY
The NYGPL, (The New York Gay Pool League), has been in our bars for 27 years. We play one night a week, alternating weeks between each teamâ€™s home bar and being â€œon the roadâ€ to another local bar. Our next 8-ball season starts in September and goes into the spring. We also have a brief 9-ball season which is just for May-June.
Over the last 16 years ,weâ€™ve given OVER A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS to local, direct service providers, to HIV/AIDS clients in the tri-state area. Weâ€™re an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) charity.
Out of Bounds NYC
Out of Bounds NYC is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization which supports and promotes sports and recreational organizations with interests in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community of the greater New York City area.
Out of Bounds advocates and actively works for the acceptance, visibility, and active participation of members of the LGBT community in professional, amateur, and recreational programs without regard to race, gender, age, or sexual orientation.
Out of Bounds produces and promotes programs that focus awareness on the LGBT sports and recreational resources in the New York City region. Although the primary purpose of Out of Bounds NYC is to serve the LGBT community, all are welcome to participate.
The Pink Pong Foundation
The Pink Pong Foundation is a volunteer table tennis organization for all ages and skill level players. Join us in our competitive, fun and safe environment and strive for personal excellence!
We practice every Thursday in Sunnyside Queens, at Paradise from 6:30 until 8:30pm, (only 4 stops from Manhattan on the R or 7 trains to 46 street stations). We provide free lessons for entry level players.
The Pink Pong Foundation is committed in the development of table tennis in the United States and to fight homophobia in and through sports.
The Pink Pong Foundation is the proud co-producer of the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland Ohio. We are researching to open up new chapters in Flushing, Queens, Manhattan, Chicago, San Francisco and Miami.
The Pink Pong NY Chapter was founded in Brooklyn in 2002 by Wolfgang Busch and Paulo Freitas to promote Table Tennis, Fitness and Health in the LGBT community.
Join us for rock climbing in a fun, social environment in NYC and Westchester!
We love climbing and we want to introduce more people to this incredible sport. In addition to creating an environment where all of our members feel welcome, this is the place to have a great time getting in shape and meeting new people. Rock climbing is a great sport for people of all ages and abilities and everyone is welcome to join!
Never tried climbing? Donâ€™t worry, itâ€™s fun right from the beginning. CRUX has a great mix of beginner climbers through to sponsored athletes and everyone in between.
Gotham Knights Rugby Boot Camp
Hot from their Bingham Cup victory in Minneapolis, IGRAB World Cup Champions, The Gotham Knights will host a Rugby Boot Camp on Saturday August 7th. You can register at gothamrfc.org
The Gotham boot camp is a great opportunity to introduce new players to Gotham Knights RFC and the great sport that is rugby. All athletic levels are welcome. We have a competitive “A” side and a social “B” side. No matter what your ability or prior experience, we have a spot for you. Our club includes people who never saw a rugby ball before joining us, as well as ex-pats from England, Ireland, Australia, etc., who were born with a rugby ball in hand.
The boot camp is split into two parts. Boot camp training focuses on training you on how to play rugby, and allows you to meet the men of Gotham. Following training, we have the drink-up, or third-half as itâ€™s called in rugby, where weâ€™ll eat and drink after the fun training, and youâ€™ll get to participate in traditions such as singing rugby songs, playing games, and kangaroo court. you’ll have a fun day, learn the game made in Heaven, meet lots of great guys, and it could even be the start of your rugby-playing days!
Knickerbocker Sailing Association
We’ve grown from the initial 13 to over 200 members now…Gays and Lesbians. We’re here because of our our love for the outdoors and the water. But most of all, we’re here because of the people…we’re a fun, friendly and down to earth group…check out one of our events to find out for yourself!
There’s lots of stuff going on with KSA! Stop by one of our monthly meetings – the second Tuesday of each month – to see how friendly our Captains and Crew really are. In addition to a great dinner, you’ll learn about our upcoming events
SKI BUMS is the world’s largest club for gay and lesbian skiers and snowboarders. Founded in New York City in 2003, SKI BUMS hosts social events and group trips to the world’s best ski resorts throughout North America, South America and Europe.
SKI BUMS welcomes skiers and snowboarders of ALL skill levels, from total newbies to seasoned pros. If you’d like to learn to ski or snowboard — or just pick up where you left off — SKI BUMS is the perfect place to discover how much fun you can have in the mountains, especially when you’ve got a group of fun-loving, outdoorsy LGBT skiers and riders along for the fun. SKI BUMS offers weekend and weekday trips to local resorts in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, along with longer vacations to major resorts in Vermont, Colorado, Utah, California, Wyoming, Europe and beyond.
Trips are exclusively open to those who have registered for SKI BUMS membership at ski-bums.org. Membership is valid for one full year, and includes discounts to major ski and snowboarding retail sites, special invitations to discounted shopping nights, exclusive early sign up privileges, and discounts at local ski and snowboard shops.
The SKI BUMS social events in New York City are open to anyone — if you’d like to meet the BUMS, you’re encouraged to swing by an upcoming social event! It’s an easy way to learn more about the club, meet other members, and hear about all the fun of taking a SKI BUMS trip.
DAYTRIPS FROM NYC
SKI BUMS regularly host daytrips to Hunter Mountain, Belleayre Mountain, Mountain Creek and Windham, all of which are within a short drive of Manhattan. Daytrips include a private bus to the mountain and back, lift ticket, equipment rental, and a fun-filled aprÃ¨s-ski party on the way home! The SKI BUMS daytrips are especially affordable — a typical day costs about $100.
GETAWAYS AND VACATIONS
SKI BUMS hosts 3, 5, 7 and 10-day trips to major resorts around the world. Recent SKI BUMS trips have included the following destinations: Alta, UT Aspen / Snowmass, CO Bariloche, Argentina Big Sky, MT Brighton, UT The Canyons, UT Chamonix, France Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy Heavenly, CA Jackson Hole, WY Killington, VT Mammoth, CA Mount Snow, VT Park City Mountain Resort, UT Portillo, Chile Snowbasin, UT Snowbird, UT Squaw Valley, CA Stowe, VT Stratton, VT St. Anton, Austria Taos, NM Telluride, CO Vail, CO Valle Nevado, Chile Whistler / Blackcomb, BC Zermatt, Switzerland
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The NY Ramblers is the very first organized openly gay soccer club, formed in 1980. The Ramblers provided a space for gay men, who enjoyed the sport, to meet and socialize outside of the traditional settings of bars and clubs.
The Ramblers have traveled the country and globe participating in various soccer tournaments, from the Philadelphia Pumpkin Patch and Provincetown Classic to the Munich Oktoberfest Tournament and many IGLFA World Championships and Gay Games held throughout the world…and not to forget its own annual New York Indoor Classic held every winter. We have weekly practices throughout the year and participate in outdoor and indoor leagues in the New York metropolitan area. In addition to a very full year of soccer activities, the Ramblers meet for social events. Bowling, movies, theater, house parties and our yearly Annual Awards Dinner, where we honor and congratulate all team members for their skills, dedication and commitment to keep the Ramblers thriving for yet another year.
The New York Ramblers Soccer Club is a non-profit, membership-based organization. Your yearly dues enable the club to provide training, equipment, team events and so much more. The membership year runs from January 1 to December 31. It is club policy that only paid members can participate in Ramblers tournaments and leagues.
Big Apple Softball League
The Big Apple Softball League is open to all persons regardless of age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or playing ability. A member of the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA), the league includes both competitive and recreational teams. Players of all skill levels are welcome. Games are scheduled each weekend from April to August, except for holidays. League teams have the opportunity to compete in a variety of tournaments throughout the U.S. and Canada, including the annual NAGAAA Gay World Series.
The BASL is open to everyone regardless of sexual orientation. Participation in the league, including the appearance of a person’s name or likeness at a league function (games, fundraisers, etc.) or in a league publication (the league newsletter or Web site), should in no way be construed as an indication of that individual’s sexual orientation.
The Dream of a Gay Softball League in New York City took roots in 1976 and became a reality in 1977. Spearheaded by bar owner Chuck Dima and assisted by Rich Diaz, Mike Cary, Fred Howell and others. By placing sign posters on lampposts and in bars in 1976 they were successful in creating a twelve team league for the 1977 season. They called this new league the Metropolitan Community Athletic Association (MCAA).
Although the MCAA consisted of twelve teams, all of whom were sponsored and supported by NYC Gay Bars, the purpose was primarily to provide a safe environment for gay athletes to play sports. It also provided a way for members of the gay community to meet outside the sexually charged atmosphere of the bars. This initial venture was so successful it spawned additional gay sports leagues such as the volleyball league, the bowling league and a pool league among others. All of these leagues initially played under the MCAA umbrella. However, in 1980 because of financial security reasons, the softball league broke away from this organization and named itself the Big Apple Softball League (BASL) and has continued to operate under that name to this day.
In the late 1960′s and early 1970′s other cities around the country and Canada had also formed softball leagues. They either joined municipal leagues in their home cities or arranged pick-up games amongst themselves. In 1977 the bar owner of the San Francisco Badlands Bar together with Chuck Dima and other NY bar owners arranged to send the New York Ramrod team to San Francisco to play a three game series in what was called, and what has now become, the first Gay World Series. It also trumpeted the beginning of what is now the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) World Series. Leagues from cities in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Milwaukee, Toronto joined together to help form NAGAAA. From this modest beginning NAGAAA has now grown to 680 teams in over 37 leagues across North America and is comprised of over 10,000 men and women.
The BASL has also seen growth from its twelve team 130 -150 member beginnings in 1977. Today the league has grown to 700 members on over 35 teams. The original MCAA two division structure has now grown to six divisions and includes one women’s division. The league has also expanded from playing on one small field at one location to over twelve fields at five different locations.
Team New York
Team New York,Â a division of Out of Bounds NYC is the resource network in the greater New York City area for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender athletes and artists, sports and cultural organizations and their supporters who seek active participation in the Gay Games and/or OutGames.Â Team New York fosters the personal growth, self-esteem, and confidence of its members by facilitating participation in and preparation for the Gay Games and/or OutGames and similar national/international events.
Metropolitan Tennis Group
Metropolitan Tennis Group (MTG) found its origins in the mid-1980s in New York City amidst a growing popularity of gay tennis. More than 20 years after its inception, MTG continues to expand in membership, events, and community outreach. Our members represent all reaches of the metropolitan and tri-state area. As well as hosting monthly and seasonal events, MTG presents its annual Marsha Day Club Championships, the GLTA sanctioned Liberty Open Tournament, and participates in inter-league competition in the Atlantic Cup. MTG continues to support its community through various charitable organizations by designating proceeds raised from our events and fundraisers. MTG’s season runs from September 1st through August 31st and annual dues for individual membership are $45 ($25 from March 1st to August 31st).
Gotham Volleyball, first established in 1981 is one of New York’s original and largest LGBTQ sports leagues! Our mission is to improve the quality of life for LGBTQ individuals by building community through the sport of volleyball. Basically, we are a volleyball league with a social and community focus, and a warm, friendly, open environment. We have over 700 members, playing in our league games, and 8 volleyball classes (known as the “Power” Classes).
We offer a full Fall and Spring Season and a limited Summer Season. Our League play has 72 teams playing at 9 different levels, to accommodate those at any level of play, from total new player to expert. We’re also the only NY-area adult volleyball league to offer classes, to help those who are looking to improve their skills or are totally new to the game. We also have big end of the season parties and community service events throughout the year.
Metro Wrestling is New York City’s accessible, gay-friendly freestyle wrestling club for adults. METRO athletes compete locally and internationally at Gay Games, World Outgames, EuroGames, Northeast Beach Wrestling Championships, International Tournament of Paris, and other affiliated clubs.
Wrestling practices occur twice weekly. Metro coaches teach a beginner’s class on the first Sunday of every month. The club hosts an annual tournament. Visit our practices! METRO practices in Manhattan Saturday 2-4 pm at Fighthouse (37 West 26th Street, penthouse)and Sunday 2-5 pm at The Gay Community Center (208 West 13th Street Room 412). Cost per practice: $12(Saturday-Fighthouse) or $10 (Sunday-Center)