Instead of RuPaul’s “lip-sync for your life,” this one would be: “kick-ball, for your life.” Those who have played kickball know it simulates baseball, in that a pitcher throws a ball to a “batter” who kicks it to fielders with no gloves.
In this particular match, however, participants won’t be in athletic gear, either. (Although you’ll likely see some wigs, fake eyelashes and sequins).
“We are excited to announce the Drag Kickball game, in celebration with Varsity Gay League: Fort Lauderdale and SFAAA,” said organizers of the event in a social media blitz.
Varsity Gay League (VGL) is a national LGBT recreational sports organization with a chapter in Fort Lauderdale that began last year. The focus is on hosting games, socializing and building community relationships. It began in Los Angeles and has been in operation since 2007.
The SFAAA is the South Florida Amateur Athletics Association of Fort Lauderdale — an LGBT softball league.
Jason Shervinski is the general manager of VGL-Ft. Lauderdale. He said kickball was the group’s first offering and it has also expanded to include dodgeball.
“Many of our players also play on non-VGL leagues, so one of many ways we can keep our players engaged with our community, and with other LGBTQ sports leagues, is through ‘Drag Kickball,’" Shervinski said.
Like the SFAAA, VGL-Ft. Lauderdale is “an inclusive space for all LGBTQ people and allies,” Shervinski added.
What attendees at the community event can expect is a friendly game of kickball in drag, between the VGL kick-ballers and SFAAA soft-ballers.
Shervinski said the hope is to make the event an annual one in the spring. He said other sports organizations, such as flag football, might be invited to participate in future years.
Both SFAAA and VGL will have information tables at the event for their respective leagues.
“We do plan to make this a charity event after a few runs,” Shervinski said.
The event takes place April 14 at Mickel Park, located at 2675 NW 7th Ave. in Wilton Manors. The gate opens at 2:30 p.m. and the game is scheduled to run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The “Mistress of Ceremonies” is South Florida drag queen Anna Rexia.
“We are looking forward to bringing this and many other fun community events to the greater South Florida area as we grow,’" Shervinski said.
Sponsors of the event include Gym Sportsbar and Wilton Live!
More on VGL is at varsitygayleague.com. For more on the SFAAA, go to sfaaasoftball.com.
Editor’s note: For more on VGL-Ft. Lauderdale and Shervinski, see SFGN’s May magazine.