“We are the champions, my friends!”— That’s what could be heard in a video posted on Facebook by a few Charlotte Stonewall Kickball players following the statewide All Star Game on June 6, when the Queen City faced off against the Greensboro and Raleigh Stonewall Kickball leagues. Charlotte brought home the trophy after battling out in a championship game against Raleigh, won 7-3.
Organizer Jason Boone says about 55 players participated in this year’s Stonewall Kickball North Carolina All Star Game, representative of three of the state’s four leagues. Wilmington, which recently formed, was also present, but among the 150-200 fans cheering from the sidelines.
The tournament consisted of four games. Charlotte and Raleigh battled it out first, Charlotte winning 6-0. Next up was Charlotte v. Greensboro, with a final score of 7-2. Before the final championship game, Raleigh and Greensboro duked it out, ending 22-4.
Boone says he’s grateful for all the fun had that weekend, a date chosen specifically to make the statewide event community focused.
“We scheduled the All Star tournament purposefully on that weekend, to try to promote as a true community weekend, helping drive attendance at the Friday night TOY gala as well as the Sunday HRC/Pride/PFLAG community picnic,” Boone says.
He’s also happy so many from the community came out to Veterans Park to cheer on the players. “The support we have received from the community has simply been amazing,” he says.
Players in Charlotte’s All Star team on June 6 included: Jarrod Clay and Brice Taylor (co-captains), Jamie Allison, Andrew Brian, Shakira Clarke, Jordan Craig, Robert Duelfer, Roger Howard, Joey Hewell, Richard Huggins, Kenan Hunt, Robert Jennings, Cory Kaufman, Justin Landon, Nick Miller, Tato Pureco, Corrie Scott, Ryan Webber and Zach Wheeler.
In July, Charlotte Stonewallers will join other sports aficionados in Washington, D.C., for the national Stonewall Sports championships, with players from a variety of sports, including kickball, dodgeball and darts. The Charlotte league will send two teams, “Queen City Ballers” and “Sons of Pitches.”
By the way, Charlotte’s Stonewall Kickball teams do more than just kick around a ball. Together, they collectively raise funds for Time Out Youth.
For more information on the Stonewall Kickball league in Charlotte, visit facebook.com/stonewallkickballcharlotte. For more on the national Stonewall Sports, visit stonewallsports.org. : :