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Purple Vortex wins Jet City Hoops championship
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Purple Vortex wins Jet City Hoops championship

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On March 27, Jet City Hoops, Seattle's only Gay basketball league, finished its most recent season with two heated championship matches at Seattle Central Community College's Mitchell Activity Center. Purple Vortex won the Competitive Division Championship and Nutz and Honeyz won the Co-Rec Championship.

"We just wrapped up a very successful season," co-founder Michael Coleman told SGN.

"Jet City Hoops was founded just a short time ago in the fall of 2008, with a total of eight teams that all played together in one Rec [recreational] Division. This season we grew quite a bit, and ended up with a total of 14 teams; eight teams in the Rec Division and six teams in the Competitive Division, and close to 100 players in our league. In just over one and a half years, Jet City Hoops has become the largest Gay basketball league on the entire West Coast and one of the largest Gay basketball leagues in the nation," Coleman told SGN.

Recently, the LGBT basketball league founded by Coleman and Mike Hamstra put on a bachelor/bachelorette auction fundraiser at the Lobby Bar on Capitol Hill and raised over $6,000. The fundraiser was intended to raise money for the league and to send some of its athletes to the Gay games this summer in Cologne, Germany. However, because of the tremendous success of the fundraiser, they were able to make a substantial donation to the Pride Foundation.

"I think raising $6,000 was kind of beyond our wildest dreams," said Ernie Lou, who serves as secretary on Jet City Hoops' board of directors. "We're already thinking about doing another next year."

Although the season has just ended, Jet City Hoops is already gearing up for their open gym program, which begins the first Saturday in May (May 1) and runs for four weeks. According to Coleman, the open gym program is open to anyone and is an excellent way to get started if you're thinking about signing up for the next fall season.

Jet City Hoops currently has two leagues: the Co-ed Recreational League and the Competitive League. The Co-ed Recreational League is open to players of all skill levels.

"We have male, female, and Transgendered players, and even though we are predominantly a Gay basketball league, we do have a number of straight players, too. We are open to anyone who is interested in playing basketball in a fun, welcoming environment," Coleman told SGN.

"Our goal is to provide a fun environment for players who enjoy or want to learn more about basketball," said Lou.

The cost of the open gym program is $20. The program runs from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. the first four Saturdays in May (May 1, 8, 15, 22) at Seattle Central Community College's Mitchell Activity Center on Capitol Hill.

For more information on Jet City Hoops, visit them online at www.jetcityhoops.org.

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