Dominic Grasso admits he isn’t the most masculine guy around, but that didn’t stop him from joining the LGBT Flag Football League 8 years ago.
“I am 5’4”, 150 pounds. I am not the most masculine person that there is. All I would say is if I can do it anyone can do it,” Grasso said. “I didn’t even know what a cleat was. When I first joined I was not good at all. I was really bad actually.”
So out of all of the sports, why football?
“I’ve always been told I can’t play football,” he said. “I’m too small. Too gay. To girly. That motivated me.”
Now Grasso is the league’s commissioner.
But he almost didn’t sign up.
“I did hesitate to sign up, or join for those reasons,” he said. “It’s totally understandable.”
When Grasso moved down here to South Florida to attend Florida Atlantic University he said he didn’t know anyone.
“My whole family was in New York. I thought this would be a good way to meet new people and new friends.” he said. “Now most of the people in the league are pretty much like family. I’ve formed great friendships. I wouldn’t change any minute of it.”
Grasso encourages others who may be thinking about sports to give the league a chance.
“This has really been a life changing thing for me, to be able to play a sport and have the opportunity to do that, it’s been great,” he said.
Another concern with football are injuries but Grasso says that because in flag football there is no full on tackling “we don’t typically see many major injuries.”
Grasso is especially excited about this season because the South Florida Flag Football League is partnering with the Miami Dolphins for the first time.
“We are partnering with them to host their first ever pride event during the game against Buffalo Bills on Nov. 17,” he said.
If the SFFFL is able to sell 250 tickets to that game the league will have the opportunity to host their championship game in February at the Dolphin’s practice facility in Davie.
The league kicked off their opening games about a month ago.
“This will probably be our best season yet,” Grasso said. “We have a lot of new events and sponsors this season.”
Grasso wanted to give a special shout out to the league’s premier sponsors this season, Hunter’s Nightclubs and Sound Bar.
This year the league has 10 teams and about 100 players participating. Registration though is closed for this season.
“New people can always come out and check out the games,” Grasso said.
Those games take place Saturdays from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Wimberly Fields Park in Oakland Park. While interested members may have missed this season Grasso said the league will be looking for players to sign up for their annual tournament, the Sunshine Cup, in February.
Visit SFFFL.org to buy tickets to the Nov. 17 game or for more information.