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Volunteer of the Quarter
We are pleased to announce that Tom Salvoni is our Volunteer of the Quarter (Q4). In 2015, Tom participated in 7 events totaling 20 hours. His participation includes volunteering at the Boston Living Center, Community Servings, GLAD Spirit of Justice, and Celebration of Life Thanksgiving Dinner. He is always willing to help personally as well as help in recruiting volunteers. Join us in thanking him for his ongoing commitment to volunteerism. Congratulations, Tom!
Congratulations to our 2015 SuperFabulous Bowl Champions—Pumpkin Spice Latgays!
Save the Date!
Are you interested in participating in this year’s music video? If so, we will be filing on Sunday, November 8th and Sunday, November 15th. Place and time are to be determined. Stay tuned for more details.
Applications for the 2016 FLAG Flag Football Board
The FLAG Flag Football Board eagerly invites applications for Board members to serve during the 2016 calendar year. The 2016 Board will be elected at the November Board Meeting (November 19th) and will be introduced to the league at the Year-End Party on November 22nd. The Board meets monthly throughout the year — starting off with a retreat over a mutually agreeable weekend — to help shape and direct our non-profit organization.
If you are interested in serving on this exciting Board, please send the following information to Dave Hamilton, Commissioner (email@example.com), by Friday, November 13th at 8PM.
- Your (a) name, (b) mailing address, (c) email, and (d) phone number.
- One paragraph explaining why you would like to serve on the board.
- Board responsibilities that interest you (Below is a list of current roles. Please note, however, that roles are modified year to year and you should feel free to suggest a role/responsibilities you feel would benefit the league).
Current roles and responsibilities of the Board (note: most Board members have more than one responsibility and/or role):
- Assistant Commissioner
- Director of Events
- Director of Communications and Marketing
- Director of Play Operations
- Director of Rules and Referees
- Director of Volunteerism
- Director of Captains
- Director of Fundraising and Sponsorships
- Director of Tournament Play
- Director of Player Development
If you have any questions about the process or about serving on the Board, please do not hesitate to contact Dave Hamilton (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Danny Tyrrell (email@example.com).
The processes for Board elections were approved by the participants in the league when we sought and received 501(c)(3) status in 2010. Each year, the current Board chooses the size of the next year’s Board and the Directors. If any current Director wishes to remain on the Board, they must complete the application process and run. The bylaws also require the new Board to elect the Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner, Treasurer, and Secretary at its first meeting. It has been the practice of the Board to then have the Commissioner work with each Director to determine which role(s) each should play in the new Board.
Join us this Saturday, October 17th for our annual Friends & Family Day. Games will be played at William Walsh Playground and Dorchester Park starting at 9am. We are holding a contest to see which team has the most fans on the sidelines. Come show your support, wear your team’s color, and cheer on your loved ones! It’ll be a beautiful fall day and perfect weather for some flag football.
Then, on Sunday, October 18th, everyone is invited to our Casino Night at Club Cafe (209 Columbus Ave.) from 1pm-5pm. We’ll have blackjack, poker, roulette, and other card and dice games. We’ll be raffling off some terrific prizes as well as hosting silent and live auctions throughout the event.
Proceeds from the event go to support FLAG Flag Football, including our scholarship and volunteer efforts. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door, all of which goes back to support the organization that you have grown to love, so that we can continue to provide our players with the best experience possible and can also improve our already successful outreach programs.
Our online auction CLOSES TODAY AT 5PM. Make sure you don’t get outbid and miss out on a day of pampering, an extravagant vacation, or a gift certificate to some of Boston’s best eateries. There are over 60 prizes available that fit a range of interests and budgets. Check out the website now…time is running out.
Items will be available for pick up this Saturday at the Blarney Stone (1505 Washington Street, Dorchester) from 2-4pm. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to pick up your prize.
All proceeds go to FLAG Flag Football to support our work in tackling stereotypes, building community, and transforming lives through sport for the LGBTQ and ally community.
Good luck to all the players and referees representing Boston at this year’s Gay Bowl in San Diego. Special thanks to Richard Moore and Planet Fitness for sponsoring Boston’s three teams: Hancocks, Bulldogs, and Longfellows.
FLAG Flag Football is featured in Boston Spirit magazine
Happy Pride, Boston!
Congratulations to our 2015 Rosie Bowl Champions, Come On Eileens!
2015 FLAG Flag Football Scholarship Recipient – Joseph Piemonte
Boston’s FLAG (Friends, Lesbians and Gays) Flag Football League is thrilled to award its third-annual $2,500 youth scholarship to Joseph Piemonte from East Longmeadow (MA) High School.
Joe is an openly gay student-athlete, perhaps the first to participate on his school’s cross country, swim, and track and field teams. He faced his share of obstacles on the way to becoming captain of his swim team and making it to States each of the last three years, including one indelible incident shortly after he came out his freshman year. As he walked onstage during his school’s pep rally, in front of his entire school community, two classmates yelled out, “Faggot!” Joe describes the experience as the worst in his life, but he refused to let that stop him from being an openly gay student and athlete. Throughout his years at East Longmeadow, Joe encouraged other LGBT students to join sports teams, and he is no longer the only openly gay athlete at his school. As Joe says, “I had the courage to join a sports team and be proud of who I was, showing other students it was okay to be yourself and that there was no reason to be scared.”
Recognizing that change needed to occur at his school, Joe created a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) during his sophomore year and has been president ever since. Under his leadership, the GSA has grown to over 50 members, held a Parent Information Night, and students have observed the Day of Silence, a Compliment Day, Anti-Bullying Week, and No Name-Calling Week. The GSA marched in the Pride parade in Northampton, and the GSA created a video to explain gender identity to the East Longmeadow student body. Additionally, Joe presented a workshop at the GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) Massachusetts conference titled Running a Successful GSA. His GSA advisor, Jennifer Faulkner, credits Joe with personally convincing more than 90% of the school’s faculty to put up “Safe Space” stickers in their classrooms and getting an impressive number of local businesses to contribute to the GSA’s fundraising efforts.
According to his principal, Dr. Gina Flanagan, “Joseph was instrumental in the development and leadership of our school’s Gay Straight Alliance. This organization has been instrumental in helping us create a safe and positive school environment for all students. Joseph has initiated many activities that have brought awareness to a wide variety of LGBTQ issues. As a result, our school is much more accepting and supportive of our LGBTQ students.” She goes on to praise him for his leadership in coordinating several school-wide initiatives and for his willingness to always step forward to serve his school community.
The achievement of which Joe is most proud is a professional development presentation he made this year for the teachers and staff at his school. He taught his teachers how to handle anti-gay name-calling and include LGBT voices in their classrooms and curricula.
Joe explains that while he has not yet determined where he will be attending college this fall, his goal for the future is “to help LGBT people, especially teens. I would like to come into schools and create a better environment for students to come to learn. I believe we can create a world where LGBT students will want to go to school, and play sports, because they feel accepted and comfortable in their own skin. In order to create this world, we must start one step at a time.”
Joseph Piemonte is a leader and role model who has dedicated himself to making high school sports, and high school itself, safer for and more inclusive of LGBTQ youth. We honor him with this award and all of the attributes that led his GSA advisor and Latin teacher to say he “is one of the most amazing young people I have had the pleasure of working with in 13 years of teaching.” She went on to say, “I have personally witnessed other LGBT students coming to him for support, which he gives unstintingly…The legacy he’s left for our school is truly amazing, and I know generations of students will have cause to be grateful to his efforts to make our school more accepting.”
The FLAG Flag Football scholarship was established to recognize and honor a Massachusetts graduating high school senior who has made high school and/or community sports programs safer for and more inclusive of LGBTQ student-athletes, as either a role model or ally. In line with our mission, students of all athletic skill levels, contributions, and achievement were encouraged to apply.
If you know a deserving student who will be a high school senior next year, please let her or him know about our scholarship! There are some amazing young people out there we would love to recognize.
Victory Programs’ 2015 Manny Jefferson Award was presented to FLAG Flag Football
The Manny Jefferson Award is awarded to special individuals or organizations that have demonstrated excellence in volunteerism, shown a commitment to helping those in the care of Victory Programs, and helped improve Victory Programs’ programs and services.
On Tuesday, March 24th, FLAG Flag Football was honored at Victory Programs’ 40th Annual Gratitude Dinner in recognition of the league’s continued commitment to Victory Programs — including serving Monday night dinners at the Boston Living Center, raising funds as TIPS servers at the Celebration of Life Thanksgiving Dinner, and co-hosting the annual Summer Tea Dance.
Thank you to all of our volunteers who have participated at these events over the years. We would also like to give a special thanks to Patrick Santos for his dedication, hard work, and commitment to all of our volunteerism efforts.
To learn more about Victory Programs, please visit http://www.vpi.org/.