Open clinics planned for 2006 PSSA softball season
Interest in joining gay softball seems to be exploding in Big D. According to the Pegasus Slowpitch Softball Association’s recruitment coordinator Jaymee Johnson, the league had more than 350 paid members in 2005 and is largest predominately gay sports group in Dallas. The record was previously held by the Dallas Invitational Volleyball Association, which Johnson also plays for.
The 2006 season begins March 19 at Trinity Park in Irving, but players must sign up and pay dues by March 17 in order to play on the 19th. Season membership officially closes in mid April. Dues for 2006 are $65: Players may incur additional fees based on team uniforms.
The league is open to men and women of all ages and skills. According to Johnson, 2006 will be the first time a woman will be a head coach in the open division.
The league is planning on holding an open clinic on March 11-12 for new and returning players. At press time, however, details about where the clinic will be held weren’t yet decided.
Daniel A. Kusner
For information about the league, visit www.dallaspssa.com
For information about the open clinics, email Jaymee Johnson: firstname.lastname@example.org or Dirk Nettles: email@example.com
COMING OUT FROM THE GRIDIRON
Next week, former Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Esera Tuaolo releases “Alone in the Trenches: My Life as a Gay Man in the NFL” ($24.95, Sourcebooks).
Born a poor Samoan immigrant who won an athletic scholarship to Oregon State University, Tuaolo, is credited for the last tackle of the 1999 Super Bowl. In “Alone in the Trenches,” he exposes the behind-the-scenes world of pro football what happens on the field and in the locker room.
Not only does he detail the stresses of life in the closet and maintaining a relationship with his longtime partner, Tuaolo also wrestled with religious belief and had to grieve an older brother who died of AIDS.
Things are happier since he came out in 2002. He recently adopted Samoan twins and began a new life even singing and playing ukulele for a Chili’s commercial campaign.
He writes “I’m just your typical gay Samoan ex-nose tackle who would like to break into show business.”
Daniel A. Kusner
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, February 24, 2006.