Welcome to Providence Gay Flag Football’s inaugural fall season! Whether you are returning or joining us as a new player we are thrilled you’ve joined our football family. The board set out to recruit a diverse group of players representing every facet of our LGBTQ+ community. Our mission is to create a safe and inclusive environment where people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, can participate in a competitive and friendly team sport, develop a social support system, and build lifelong friendships. I am incredibly proud of the work our board, the captains, and our players have done to make our mission and vision a reality.
Our league includes a mix of experienced players and many who are new to football. Our goal is to foster an environment where everyone feels welcome and a part of what happens on and off the field. For the 70 new players this fall you are not only joining a football league … you are gaining a support system and chosen family. For many of us the community aspect of our league has become an integral part of our lives. As commissioner, I hope that continues to grow and strengthen as we welcome new players and supporters.
What started in spring with 95 players has grown to 140 players this fall. We will have 10 teams, each with 14 players. In addition, we’ve added a non-player team for our friends and supporters who want to be a part of our family, while assisting and cheering from the sidelines. We are still recruiting for our non-player team, if you know anyone who may be interested please direct them to our website to learn more and register. I’ll be sharing more about the non-player team before our September 7th scrimmages.
We received an incredible response to our call for captains this season. Given how many stepped up to volunteer, the board decided each team will have two co-captains. I am pleased to share our captain pairings for the fall season:
-- J Noble & Ryan Mulholland
-- Red Hampson & Ryan Kinahan
-- Mario Grande & James Wood
-- Joe Tedeschi & Matthew Mimiaga
-- Rolfe Hubley & Taber Midgley
-- Mary McConnell & Bobby D’Arezzo
-- Thom Meredith & Harley Jones
-- Alex L’Ecuyer & David Hook
-- John Phillips & Brandon Lachance
-- Michael Lucerto & Sean Davis
-- Corey Ali & TBD (non-player team)
We have an exciting weekend of activities and events planned to kick off our fall season. Click the button below for details. I hope to see all of you at the fields on Saturday and at Providence G on Sunday. You’ll have an opportunity to meet my fellow board members, our captains, and your teammates.