Gotham Volleyball

 

30th Annual New York AIDS Walk

AIDS WalkGotham Volleyball is proud to participate again in the 30th Annual New York AIDS Walk on May 17, 2015. The AIDS Walk is a yearly 10K fundraising walk supporting GMHC and over 40 AIDS service organizations. Please support us by registering or donating through this yearly tradition. Together we can make a difference!

Donate or join the team HERE!

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Gotham Love Survey

At the End of Season Party, Gotham members took the opportunity to fill out a special-interest survey expressing their opinions regarding a number of topics ranging from childhood crushes to dating to the hottest player positions. Below is a summary of the results. Thanks to all who participated and enjoy!

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Registration for March 1 Mixer Tournament now OPEN!

Gotham is excited to announce the return of its popular Mixer Tournament, being held on March 1 from 1 PM – 4:45 PM!  This tournament was a huge hit in past seasons and we are thrilled to be able to bring it back.  The Mixer Tournament is a great way for you to pair up with a friend, significant other, spouse, or just someone you want to get to know better from another division and play volleyball with dozens of Gotham members of all levels in a fun and enjoyable environment!

Two players from different divisions will register as a pair.  Pairs will then be matched up with two other pairs to create a unique team of 6 for each round of the tournament.  The organizers will match different skill levels to create as even a playing field as possible.  You and your partner will get to play with different teammates each round!  The complete Mixer Tournament Rules are available online.

Registration is now open.  To register for the Mixer Tournament click here.

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Call for Volunteer Coaches!

We’re calling for volunteer coaches who would be able to take a team in Divisions 5-10 under their wing and lead them to victory! We value our tight-knit Gotham community, and becoming a coach is a great way to get more involved, give-back, and to make new friends.

Please email [email protected] if you are willing and able to coach a team, and indicate what times you would be available on the weekend. Divisions 5, 6, and 9 play on Saturdays from 1:00 – 5:00 PM, and Divisions 7, 8, and 10 play on Saturdays from 5:00 – 9:00 PM (in addition, most teams usually practice before their games as well).

Our coaching coordinator Mark Burleson will try to match up you up with a team in need. If you have any questions, you can email [email protected].

Thank you!

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Spring 2015 Friendship Tournament Schedule Announced

Gotham Volleyball is pleased to announce its Spring 2015 Friendship Tournament Schedule.   An exciting feature of this season’s schedule is that there are Friendship Tournaments at EVERY level almost EVERY weekend!!!! Other highlights include two Mixer Tournaments, our second Reunion Tournament and two Women’s Tournaments.  Check out the full schedule below and go to our Friendship Tournament Information Page for more details about cost and how to register.

February 8:
B Tournament (O.Henry, 4:00 PM) (Limited Availability)

February 15:
B Tournament (Rustin, 9:00 AM)
C Tournament (Rustin, 1:00 PM)
BB Tournament (O.Henry, 2:30 PM)

February 22:
Women’s Tournament (Rustin, 9:00 AM)
C Tournament (Rustin, 1:00 PM)
B/BB Tournament (O.Henry, 2:30 PM)

March 1:
B Tournament (Rustin, 9:00 AM)
Mixer Tournament (Rustin & O’Henry, 1:00 PM)

March 8:
B Tournament (Rustin, 9:00 AM)
C Tournament (Rustin, 1:00 PM)
BB Tournament (O.Henry, 2:30 PM)

March 15:
B Tournament (Rustin, 9:00 AM)
C Tournament (Rustin, 1:00 PM)
BB Tournament (O.Henry, 2:30 PM)

March 22:
B Tournament (Rustin, 9:00 AM)
Reunion Tournament (Rustin, 1:00 PM)
TBD (O’Henry, 5:00 PM)

March 29:
B Tournament (Rustin, 9:00 AM)
C Tournament (Rustin, 1:00 PM)
BB Tournament (O.Henry, 2:30 PM)

April 8 (Wednesday) – Big Apple Practice Tournament (B) (Rustin, 7:00 PM)

April 9 (Thursday) – Big Apple Practice Tournament (BB) (Rustin, 7:00 PM)

April 19:
Women’s Tournament (Rustin, 9:00 AM)
C Tournament (Rustin, 1:00 PM)
B/BB Tournament (O.Henry, 2:30 PM)

April 26:
B Tournament (Rustin, 9:00 AM)
C Tournament (Rustin, 1:00 PM)
BB Tournament (O.Henry, 2:30 PM)

May 3:
B Tournament (Rustin, 9:00 AM)
Mixer Tournament (Rustin & O’Henry, 1:00 PM)

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Gotham National Coming Out Day Project

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!

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Gotham says “Hellz Yeah!” to Hell’s Kitchen

Elias HoweGotham 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!

IMPORTANT UPDATE:
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.

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