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SPORTS From Page 1 at Benjamin Johnston Memorial Stadium, 1000 E. Sedgwick St., where the women’s football team will take on the Pittsburgh Passion. Also that weekend, the Philadelphia Liberty Tennis Association will host the secondannual Philadelphia Racqueteers Tennis Tournament, with single and double sets, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 7 at Franklin D. Roosevelt Park, 2000 Pattison Ave. There will also be a series of sporting events throughout the week, such as a soccer scrimmage and barbeque with the Philadelphia Falcons at 6 p.m. June 8 at Edgeley Field, Diamond Street and East Reservoir Drive in Fairmount Park; a chance to hit the mats with the Spartan wrestling team from 6:459 p.m. June 8 at the First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St.; a freestyle Frisbee game at 7 p.m. June 9 at Washington Square Park, 210 W. Washington Square; a pickup volleyball game at 8 p.m. June 10 at Franklin High, 550 N. Broad St.; and the third-annual Behind the 8-Ball Pool Tournament, which offers a $100 prize for the winner, at 7 p.m. June 11 at The Bike Stop, 206 S. Quince St. Participants are invited to attend a free question-and-answer session about next summer’s Gay Games with Team Philadelphia board members and Federation of Gay Games volunteers Adelina Santiago and Tony Bono, at 7 p.m. June 12

at Tavern on Camac, 243 S. Camac St. “We just want to let everybody know about the different sports and events that will be happening in Cologne,” Santiago said. “Usually some people don’t know the qualifications and there are no real qualifications; you can be a beginner and attend this event. It’s a great self-esteem builder. It’s so amazing to walk into the Gay Games at the opening ceremonies and feel the roar of people cheering you on.” Beginning at 8:30 a.m. June 13, participants will have the chance to learn more about martial arts and their role in next year’s Gay Games during a workshop and seminar at Old Pine Community Center, 401 Lombard St. Participants can also brush up on their swimming skills with a backstroke clinic hosted by the Fins Aquatic Club, at 10 a.m. June 14 at Friends Select School, 1651 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. In addition to the sports activities, there will also be several social outings designed to bring together LGBT and ally individuals in support of the LGBT sporting community. From 9 p.m.-1 a.m. June 6, representatives of Team Philadelphia will be stationed outside of several LGBT nightspots throughout the city for “Pass the Buck,” in which organizers will be asking bar patrons for contributions of just $1 as a fundraiser for Team Philadelphia. Van Tassel said the money collected will be used to defray costs of Sports Week, as well as to fund Team Philadelphia’s trip to Cologne

for the Gay Games next year. At 8 p.m. June 13, Sports Week supporters are invited to The Bike Stop for Team Philadelphia Bar Night, which will offer plenty of drink specials and networking opportunities. To wrap up the week’s events, local LGBT running group the Front Runners will stage its secondannual Pride Run, a 1-mile timed race to kick off the annual Pride Parade June 14. The run will begin about 11:45 a.m., and participants will have access to the showers at 12th Street Gym before they head to the festival at Penn’s Landing. Mike Zuzu, who represents the Front Runners on the Team Philadelphia board, said some 20 people participated in last year’s inaugural event. He said attendance was probably low because of the scorching temperatures during last year’s Pride, and that he’s hoping for a larger turnout at this year’s race. Zuzu noted that all of the Sports Week activities provide the LGBT and ally communities the chance to learn more about the abounding LGBT sports culture in the city. “This gives athletes, non-athletes and just the general community an opportunity to exercise and do some healthy activities in a gay and lesbian environment,” he said. “This gives us the opportunity to showcase all the different sports and to invite the community to participate.” For more information on Sports Week, visit www.phillysportsweek. info/. ■

MARRIAGE From Page 1 legislation currently has 10 cosponsors, and the staffer noted that number is expected to grow, as lawmakers just recently returned from a break. Similar legislation was introduced in the Senate last session with 16 cosponsors and was tabled before it could come to a vote. Eichelberger’s bill seeks to add language to the constitution that defines marriage as existing only between one man and one woman. In order for the amendment to be adopted, the bill would need to pass in the same format in both the House and Senate in two consecutive sessions, and then would be posed as a ballot question to Pennsylvania voters. The Pennsylvania Senate is the only Republican-controlled state legislative chamber in the Northeast. ■

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