Greg Weir revealed his sexuality 10 years ago. But it wasn’t until he joined the South Florida Flag Football League [SFFFL] that he really came out as gay.
“Once I joined the league, I built up a lot of courage to go out and mingle and meet people. I never went to a club before that.” Clubs, sporting events, and social functions, Weir said he started going out a lot more as a gay man. “There’s lots of things my eyes were awakened to once that occurred.”
Now, as the commissioner of SFFFL he wants to see more LGBT individuals use flag football to improve their lives with exercise, social interactions and self-confidence.
“We can provide an outlet for youth and younger adults that need an outlet. This is what we want to bring to the gay community, something sorely lacking right now,” Weir said. “Sometimes, you feel like you’re alone. This league is something you can come and meet people. We go out. We even travel to different cities to compete nationally.” Non-LGBT individuals are also welcome to play.
To help Weir focus on football and fraternity, SunServe has partnered with SFFFL. SunServe will handle the financial and organization side of the league while Weir spends his time recruiting and building the league.
It’s part of SunServe’s new model of community-based recreational sports.
“Team sports have been proven to increase resiliency, increase social networks and increase overall well-being. It’s a healthy activity,” said Bryan Wilson, SunServe’s director of community relations.
He added that its part of SunServe’s efforts to expand beyond just events at bars.
“Not everyone is comfortable with bars. The social culture [at bars] is an asset but there’s opportunity for growth. We need just as much activity and outreach outside of the bars. I don’t want to see that decrease, but what I do want to see increase is this,” Wilson said.