Top Five: New softball league in Decatur

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Editor’s note: Not wanting to miss out on the avalanche of year-end “best of” lists from media outlets across the globe, I’m offering my own. Here’s No. 4 in my picks of the best local gay sports stories in 2007.

Anne Barr, a longtime softball player and coach in the Hotlanta Softball League, hoped to continue her involvement with the sport, but wanted competition closer to her Decatur home. So she organized a new league, spread the word and attracted 10 teams and more than 200 women (mostly lesbians) to the Decatur Women’s Softball League last March for a 10-week schedule.

For her, the league is all about “fun and not competition.”

“Some of these women are dusting off their gloves from 20 years ago. This is liberating to play in town. We should be able to play where we live and work and not hide in the fields where the cows live,” Barr said.

The effort also had a charitable side. The league partnered with the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative to raise funds for the non-profit and to prompt players in the league to consider their health. On game nights, the health initiative offered information on mammograms and self-exams as part of its “Carpe Boobem” campaign. Seize the boob has to make a list somewhere for the year’s best slogan for a health campaign.

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