On October 8, 9, & 11, Gothamites experienced a powerful and community-engaging National Coming Out Day Exhibit organized by D4 rep, Max Szadek. Approximately 400 League and Power members completed postcards designed by member Rocky Reed describing their coming-out experience. Located at the Rustin Educational Complex, the exhibition was comprised of postcards, posters displaying member statistics, and a testimonial video. The video was directed and produced by member, Mark Bracero. Thank you to all for participating!
Gotham is proud to announce that it will once again host the Halloween Drag Tournament on Sunday, November 2. The Drag Tournament is a Friendship Tournament where players play in drag and with far more FABULOUS rules! Prizes are given out for Best Dressed Drag Queen and King, Most Tragically Dressed, and Best Themed Team!
We will be having two sessions — Advanced /High Intermediate (Divisions 1-5, Power A-C) will be held from 9 AM to 1 PM and Low Intermediate/Advanced Beginner/Beginner (Divisions 5-10, Power D-F) will be held from 1 PM to 5 PM. The PM session schedule will be designed to accommodate members in both Power E and Power F!
Gotham is excited to announce that we are moving some of our programs to P.S. 51, the Elias Howe School in Hell’s Kitchen. We have secured weekend permits in this brand new, well-equipped school at 525 W 44th St, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Divisions 6 and 10 will start league play at the new school on September 13.
Getting into this new school is a fantastic development for our league, but it comes on the heels of some challenging news. We were recently informed that our permits at the O. Henry School on 17th Street have been severely cut back because of an expansion of their after-school programs. The new space at P.S. 51 means we do not have to cancel any Saturday league play, but the cutback at O. Henry means we currently do not have space on weeknights for our Open Plays or Power W (Women’s Power).
We know a lot of you love Open Plays, so we are doing all we can to find space on the weeknights at other schools. We are also working hard to find a time and place for Power W.
Our permits at Rustin remain unchanged.
For over 30 years Gotham has operated in after-hours permit space in New York City’s public schools. This arrangement allows our community to come together to offer a lot of great volleyball at a reasonable price, but it also means that sometimes we must be flexible with our space needs. The Gotham board of directors thanks all of our members for your understanding and flexibility as we work to fulfill our mission to improve the quality of life of GLBTQ individuals by building community through the sport of volleyball.
Expect to hear more about our progress, and let’s have a great fall season!
We are pleased to announce that tryouts for Power W will take place Sunday, September 21 at 2:00 PM at Howe. Power W classes will he held on Sundays from 2:00 – 5:00 PM at Howe as well.
We have also been able to secure space for our Open Plays. Please visit the Open Plays page for more information and a schedule.