A conference call was held July 25, 2009, between the NGFFL officers, Gay Bowl IX organizers in Washington D.C., and captains and other organizers from across the country. The topic at hand: Gay Bowl IX. We have full minutes from the call after the jump.
Archive for July, 2009
The Jorge Lopez Memorial Fund has been established through Wells Fargo Bank to assist with funeral expenses. Donations can be made via PayPal. Please use the email address firstname.lastname@example.org when making your donation to Jorge’s fund. The NGFFL will be sending a donation of $250 to the fund on behalf of our membership.
Pride Bowl II was held in Chicago June 26-27. The second annual event saw 17 teams from across the country descend on the Windy City. While the death of Jorge Lopez of the Michigan Panthers loomed over the event from Friday morning, some good football was played and good times had in his memory and honor.
In the finals, it was the Phoenix Hellraisers beating BET (featuring players from several cities including Chicago and Los Angeles), 14-12, for the championship. Phoenix quarterback Joey Jacinto was named the tournament MVP. Phoenix and Jacinto had turned a lot of heads at Gay Bowl VIII last October when they were the most-improved team in the tournament and had a great run.
Special thanks to the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association for putting on the tournament! It’s never easy organizing these events and we salute them for it!
Statement from the NGFFL Board:
As athletes we all share a deep spirit for competition, something that we all have in common irrelevant of gender or sexual orientation. One thing that makes organized sport in the GLBT community so special is because our community comes together in the spirit of competition as well as sharing a true bond of compassion and friendship that transcends everything else.
This past Friday, the NGFFL lost one of our brothers. While playing in Chicago Pride Bowl II, Jorge Lopez, 41, from the Michigan Panthers, collapsed on the field and was rushed by ambulance to a local Chicago hospital. Sadly, Jorge did not regain consciousness and passed away.
Jorge was an excellent athlete, but an even better person and this is a loss felt keenly by all of us who knew him from football and softball tournaments.
Details surrounding memorial services are not available at this time. Our deepest sympathy goes to Jorge’s family, his partner, his friends and teammates in San Diego and on his current team, the Michigan Panthers.
Also: Players and friends react. [Outsports]
We’re in the middle of making the new NGFFL site bigger, better and deeper than ever. By mid-July we’ll have all the info you need on the site, so please stay tuned and thanks for your patience!
In the meantime, if you have questions about Gay Superbowl 9 in Washington, D.C., Oct. 9-11, you can email organizers at email@example.com.