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posted Friday, August 27, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 35
Rain City Soccer brings home the silver from Cologne, Germany
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Rain City Soccer brings home the silver from Cologne, Germany

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Rain City Soccer Club has been busy recently. In addition to holding their Third Annual Shirts vs. Shorts game on August 21, one of the Rain City teams took home a silver medal from the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne, Germany.

The Shirts vs. Shorts game was held at the Bobby Morris Playfield at Cal Anderson Park and served as a fundraiser for the GSBA Scholarship Fund.

"It's a longstanding program that's benefited a lot of people," said Michael Heath, the president of Rain City Soccer Club.

With the help of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Abbey of St. Joan, Rain City was able to structure and promote the game better than ever before.

The game raised $1,356.80 for the GSBA Scholarship Fund.

"The first year, it wasn't actually conceived of as a fundraiser," Heath told SGN. "We had a bigger crowd than last year for sure, and the weather was perfect."

Rain City generally holds two to three exhibition games a year, which are mainly for fun and to raise visibility for Rain City Soccer Club.

Last year, the second year of the event and the first time it was officially played as a fundraiser, the game raised money for the Lambert House.

Heath also played on one of Rain City's three teams at the Gay Games.

"Because this year was also a World Cup year, level of play was really high. & People were motivated," Heath told SGN. "It was good soccer."

Roughly 10% of the Gay Games consists of soccer/futbol events.

Rain City sent three teams to the Gay Games: Surge, the women's team; haloPony, the team Heath played on; and the Jet City Strikers, who were defending the gold medal they won in the IGLFA (International Gay and Lesbian Football Association) World Championship last year.

Rain City faced competition from all over the world, including Mexico, Germany, Australia, South America, and Asia.

According to Heath, the women's team Surge went deep into the playoffs before they were defeated.

"A lot of the teams have coaches and players that have played together for a very long time," said Heath.

The Jet City Strikers made it all the way through to the Division 2 Championships, where they were unable to defend their gold medal against Argentina. They took home the silver medal.

Stonewall, arguably Rain City Soccer Club's most well-known team, who took the gold medal at last year's Outgames in Copenhagen, Denmark, were unable to travel to Cologne to defend their medal due to not meeting their fundraising goal.

Rain City will soon be holding their fall new member orientation. With help from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in the form of a grant, Rain City is looking to expand the number of women's teams they have.

"We are sort of beginning a Renaissance of a lot of our women's teams," Heath told SGN.

Rain City's upcoming new member orientation's time and location are still TBD. Keep an eye on their website, www.raincitysoccer.org, to keep posted.

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