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Charlotte Frontrunners & Walkers
Charlotte, N.C., 704-372-0079
Saturday, 9 a.m.
Caribou Coffee/Brueggers Bagels parking lot
1531 East Blvd.
Monday, 6:30 p.m.
Dowd YMCA back porch
400 E. Morehead St.
A social group that walks and runs together, meets for food and drink afterward. All abilities welcome.

Charlotte H2O Gay Swim Group
Charlotte, N.C., charlotteh20s@hotmail.com
The mission is to promote physical fitness and provide a positive social outlet for gay and gay-friendly Charlotteans. It is all-inclusive regarding gender, orientation, ethnicity, etc. They look for swimmers who are comfortable with the basic strokes and wish to improve and/or become more physically fit while meeting fun people along the way. Competition may be possible for those interested. Send an email for detailed information if interested in joining the group. 

Charlotte Rainbowlers
Charlotte, N.C., 704-321-1531
AMF Coliseum Lanes
2801 E. Independence Blvd.
Its mission is to promote the sport of bowling within the LGBT community. It is also a member of the International Gay Bowling Organization (IGBO) and promotes its motto of Unity, Fellowship and Communication. The group meets on Mondays beginning in September for 28 weeks. Cost is $12.50/week. Practice begins at 7:50 p.m. and league play starts at 8 p.m. Charlotte Rainbowlers is sanctioned by American Bowling Congress (ABC), Women’s International Bowling Congress (WIBC) and members of IGBO. Several members of the league have placed in numerous gay bowling tournaments across the nation and abroad.

Charlotte Royals Rugby Football Club 
Charlotte, N.C., 704-583-2132
The Charlotte Royals Rugby Football Club was formed for gay and diverse individuals in and around the area. Practice is held on Sunday and Tuesday. Check the website for times and locations. Age, size and experience are not important. Commitment and willingness are.

Greensboro Gay Volleyball Club
Greensboro, N.C., lnewsome@burris.com
Gay volleyball league forming for Monday nights. In addition, it will offer open play gay volleyball on Sunday afternoons from 2-6 p.m. Call 336-230-0012 for more information.

Queen City Rollers Bowling League
Kannapolis, N.C., 704-699-1278
316 East 19th St.
Matthews, N.C., 704-841-7606
Carolina Lanes, 11210 Brigmon Ln..
Join the fun in Matthews for league play beginning in September at 7:30 p.m. for 24 weeks. A great way to establish new friends or renew acquaintances.Raffles, games and cash prizes awarded. For those interested, call Clark White at 704-699-1278 or email clarkwhite@ctc.net.

Queen City Tennis Club
Charlotte, N.C.
Queen City Tennis Club is an all-inclusive, LGBT-focused tennis club for individuals to come together and enjoy the game of tennis in an open, friendly atmosphere. The club is mainly recreational/social in nature, but there are opportunities for competitive play as well. All skill levels are welcome. Open play is held every Sunday at 10 a.m. at Park Road Park during the warm season, 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights at Hornet’s Nest Park and on Sundays during the cold season at 12 p.m. Singles tennis ladder is available. Matches are scheduled by individuals at their convenience.

Wilderness Network of the Carolinas
Greensboro, N.C., 2706 Stratford Dr.
Wilderness Network of the Carolinas is a non-profit gay and lesbian organization established to promote friendship, enjoyment and appreciation of the outdoors through adventure sports. For more information, call Tom Clarke at 336-288-1329.

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