Knoxville’s Gyrlgroove takes on Kentucky Dykes at Gay Games VII


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CHICAGO – Team Tennessee continued international athletic competition in Chicago at Gay Games VII as Knoxville’s Gyrlgroove softball team took on the Kentucky Unbridled Dykes in their first game at Washington Park on the South Side of Chicago.

A final score was not available at press time but will be updated as available.

Gyrlgroove will play another game at 6:30 p.m. on Monday July 17, and at 9:10 a.m. on Tuesday July 18. They will then be seated for double elimination and could potentially play through Friday.

Team members include Laura Schlittler, Elizabeth Edmonds, Esther Norris, Cheryl Kinneberg, Tonia Hensley, Dee Gonzalez, Heather Hedden, Jen Brown, Coach Angie Young, Karen Peabody, Katie Blazewski, Laura Collins (Ice Box), Jane White (Playmate) and Sherie Folta.

The team drove to Chicago from Knoxville. They are part of a larger Team Tennessee, which includes some 50 players from Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis.

The team has raised $3,500 towards covering its expenses on the trip, and needs an additional $1,500. For more information on how to donate visit

“We are still raising funds,” Young said. “But this is a great opportunity to participate in an international sporting event this close to home.”

The team has held various fund-raisers throughout the year, including car washes, to raise the money towards the trip to the Gay Games.