Gay hockey team to compete in Nashville this weekend

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A selection of North America’s best openly gay ice hockey players, Team G-Force, will descend upon Music City this weekend to compete in the Country Classic hockey tournament.

G-Force, the national gay ice hockey team, will join more than 30 teams for competition Aug. 1 through 3 at the Centennial Sports Plex next to Centennial Park. The team will also make an appearance at Tribe and Play on Aug 1.

The team is a non-profit group comprised of athletes from more than seven cities across the country ranging in age from 22 to over 50 years old. Boasting a 7-3 win record this year, G-Force prides itself on proving that gay athletes can compete on an elite level and aim to educate opponents and enhance the sport of hockey by creating a safer and more accepting environment at all levels of sport, according to a release.

The team’s dedication to the sport and the GLBT community extends beyond the ice. G-Force organized an eduational panel this past January called "The Invisible Athlete," to discuss the present and future roles of gays in sports. Panel speakers included former NBA player John Amaechi, ESPN commentator LZ Granderson and Outsports’ Cyd Ziegler who moderated the event.

While in Nashville, the team will be the focus of an ESPN special feature highlighting their mission and accomplishments.

Centennial Sports Plex is located at 222 25th Ave. N in Nashville. Contact the sports plex at (615) 862-8480.