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Team DC Recognizes DC Strokes member Lis Fondriest!

Chris Perry  | Published on Sunday, October 07, 2012
DC Strokes is very excited to share that one of our own, Lis Fondriest (Morgan), has won the Trailblazer award from TeamDC, the group that brings Nationals Night Out, Casino Night and other events. TeamDC was established to educate the LGBT community of the benefits of individual and team sports participation, and works within the broader community to dispel discrimination against LGBT people participating in sports, and they endow and confer scholarships upon LBGT student-athletes, among other activities. 

Here is their announcement:

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Hello Sports Fans!

Team DC is very proud to announce the winners of the 2012 Team DC Champions Awards. They will be honored at a wonderful reception on Saturday, October 13 from 6-8 PM at the Equality Forum located at HRC Headquarters at 1640 Rhode Island Avenue, NW. We will also recognize the recipients of the 2012 Team DC College Scholarship Awards (see listing below).

Tickets are available NOW at www.teamdc.org and are $40 until October 5 and $50 after that and at the door. This includes a Dinner and Dessert Buffet catered by The Heights Restaurant and an Open Vodka and Wine Bar sponsored by Nellie's Sports Bar. 

Our special guest speaker will be Patrick Burke co-founder of the You Can Play Project. A Silent Auction will be held to help raise funds for the You Can Play Project.

The Trailblazer Award recognizes individuals that have worked for many years to support and in some cases, establish their teams and tournaments. 
This year's Trailblazers include:
. Elisabeth (Lis) Morgan of the DC Strokes Rowing Club for being a strong leader and advocate for LGBT rowers on the local, national and international level. Since 1994, Lis has filled many roles with the DC Strokes (the oldest and largest LGBT rowing club in the world) including two terms as club president and has helped introduce hundreds of beginners as the head coach of the popular "Learn to Row" program.
. Curtis Yee of the Washington Wetskins Water Polo Team in honor of his helping to found the Wetskins over 30 years ago and for his ongoing participation with the club over the years. The Wetskins are now is the longest continuously operating gay and lesbian water polo team in the United States.
. Craig Howell of Adventuring for his countless contributions leading hikes from the challenging trails of the Shenandoah Valley National Park to relaxing strolls along the Potomac. Craig served as club President for 8 years and currently serves as Woods Coordinator (13 years and counting) to make sure that hikes for all levels are scheduled while mentoring new Trip Leaders along the way.

The Community Support Award recognizes individuals, organizations or businesses that have supported the teams and the entire LGBT sporting community. This years awards go to:
. The DC United Soccer Club for their ongoing support of the United Night OUT (3 years and counting) and ongoing support of teams, including the Federal Triangles Soccer Club. DC United also was the first pro soccer team in the United States to produce a "You Can Play" video to help address homophobia in sports and to encourage the open participation of the LGBT athlete.

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