Boston Flag Flag Football League
Why do you want to serve on the NGFFL Board?
Having played a big part in building the Boston league, and having played and coached in many of the GayBowls, I would like to help grow GLBQT flag football nationally (and internationally). Gay flag football has givenme many friends, the opportunity to play a sport I love, camaraderie and has enhanced my leadership abilities.For me, this is a great opportunity to give back at a national level in a meaningful way. Through the hard workand dedication of a lot of people, we have built an amazing, inclusive, community-focused, and virtually drama-free league in Boston. Our league has created a safe and welcoming space for GLBQT people and straight alliesof all skill levels to play hard, connect and socialize, and come together to give back to our community. Werecently became recognized as a 501(c)3 nonprofit (which I am excited to hear the NGFFL is well on the waytowards as well). I would like to see this opportunity afforded to GLBQT and allied folks in many cities/regionswithout a gay flag football league, and to more folks through strengthened and improved leagues where there isalready organized gay flag football.
Please name any relevant experience, organizational associations, and / or affiliationsthat you would like voters to take into account:
As a founding member and a founding board member, I helped grow the Boston league from a small group of pick-up players the 1st year to a four-team league the 2nd year to an eight-team league the 4th year and a 12-team league the 6th year. We are now a thriving 18-team league. During the past 13 years I have served as aboard member (seven years) and captain (12 years) in the Boston league. After playing/coaching in the veryfirst Gay Bowl in LA, I have played for and/or coached the Boston Brawlers, Hancocks or Bulldogs for all butone of the Gay Bowls (and several Pride Bowls and the Gay Games in Chicago). Over the years, I havehelped the Boston league: (1) build a culture of inclusivity and welcoming towards all new players (2) draftbylaws (3) create an annual team draft process (4) establish and refine rules of play (5) manage contentiousincidents and players (6) plan multiple events (year-end parties, marching contingents for the Boston Prideparade, etc.) (7) develop and execute fundraising plans I know what it takes to set up a flag football league andbuild it for success and growth, and I look forward to the opportunity to help other cities do the same.