Stonewall Sports, an LGBTQ and Ally community-based nonprofit sports organization, announced Asheville as the latest city to join the league.

The sports group was founded in Washington, D.C., in 2010 to raise funds for local nonprofits through inclusive, low-cost organized sports. Since then, it has expanded into 17 cities including Asheville, five in North Carolina alone.

The Asheville interim leadership team will host a free community meet and greet at Banks Ave. Bar (32 Banks Ave. in downtown Asheville) on May 22 from 6-9 p.m. in the evening to learn about the league, meet people, and play bar games.

Stonewall Sports Asheville plans to start with a kickball league for the simplicity, nostalgia, and socialization that make it a challenging team sport and provide a fun social experience. To keep the experience affordable and accessible, registration fees will be in the $25-$35 range – substantially lower than other sports clubs in the area. Other expenses will be offset by community sponsorship, also designed for a range of budgets to ensure participation from small businesses and larger corporations alike. Other cities have also added bowling, corn hole, flag football, and volleyball leagues, among other sports.

Stop by the meet and greet on Wednesday, May 22. Join the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/stonewallasheville/ or email asheville@stonewallsports.org for more information.

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