On Sunday afternoons Tim Martin can likely be found at Mills Pond Park playing games.

Softball to be exact.

The former journalist turned recreation league chairman coaches the Alibi Angels -- the fourth-longest running gay softball team in the nation. Martin took over the team in 2011. This spring will be the Angels' 21st year.

“As Chair, I am the face of SFAAA with our league sponsors and represent Fort Lauderdale on a national level,” Martin said.

SFAAA stands for South Florida Amateur Athletic Association, a league Martin describes as “very healthy” with 28 teams, three divisions and close to 450 participants.

Martin was born and raised in Detroit, the son of a fireman. He came out while attending the University of Michigan. In 1987, Martin began his journalism career at the Ann Arbor News. He moved to Florida in 2005 and worked for the Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post, providing an out gay voice in the newsrooms and on the sports desks.

In addition to softball, Martin is an avid bowler and a member of the International Gay Bowling Organization. As an IGBO member, Martin has bowled two perfect 300 games.


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