A crowd of hundreds of gay jocks, couch potatoes and weekend warriors hula hooped, tossed eggs, squeezed sponges, ate pie and did the Drunken Sailor on Saturday to raise $85,000 for two Atlanta charities.
The third rendition of Atlanta Field Day, the creation of Davis Kirby, filled the athletic field of Westminster Presbyterian Church for a day of 12 races that harkened back to the games of elementary school playgrounds. But mix in some competitive adults, even retired pro rugby jock Ben Cohen, and the day takes on a new and quite gay spin.
Proceeds from the event benefit Jerusalem House, which provides housing to people with HIV, and Camp Twin Lakes, which is a network of camps for children with serious illnesses and disabilities. Atlanta Field Day has enjoyed enormous success and popularity since its start in 2010. That year, little more than 100 people helped raise about $13,000. In 2011, the event brought in $72,000 and attracted more than 300 people (view photos).