Fab Five: Gay sports hopes for 2008

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Mike Horton, chair of the Atlanta Gay Sports Alliance (AGSA), gives us his five resolutions for 2008:

1. Everyone who wants to do so finds a sport within the AGSA family through which they grow physically, socially and mike_horton_tennis.jpgemotionally. As a lifelong athlete, some of the greatest lessons I’ve learned have been on the playing field. Ditto for friendships. Sports keep us physically fit and socially active, and many of the situations we face prepare us for situations we face in life. We love welcoming newcomers into the AGSA family. Come out and play.

2. 2008 will be the Year of the Woman … in Atlanta gay sports, anyway. Hillary might seem to be in trouble, but we’re doing fine in Atlanta gay sports where female leadership is concerned. The Atlanta Team Tennis Association, our tennis league, has a female president, Hope Black, for the first time in 20 years. It’s obvious she will only strengthen our league with her skills. More women in our other leagues need to join her and the female leadership of the Hotlanta Softball League. It’s a great thing for all of us.

3. The Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club will be very successful, and have a lot of fun, at Bingham Cup 2008 in Dublin. Talk about some serious off-season conditioning! The Bucks have been training very hard to represent us in June. With five months to go, you can bet they’ll make us all very proud.

4. The Hotlanta Softball League will produce even more champions than last season’s three winners at the NAGAA World Series. Talk about dominance in 2007 and you can start with our gay softball league. The competition is fierce and we proved that Atlanta gay softball is truly elite during the tournament in Phoenix last October, as our league representatives won three of eight divisions. We can do even better in the Emerald City (Seattle) in late autumn.

5. Atlanta’s entry into Gay Bowl VIII in Salt Lake City in October ends New York’s run. We’ve listened to New York talking about their dynasty and about how Atlanta’s always been the team that could possibly beat them. This year should be the year that our team from the National Flag Football League of Atlanta ends your dominance.

Fab Five is a regular feature that quizzes leaders in Atlanta’s gay sports scene. Got someone you’d like to see featured? E-mail me with ideas.

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