Editor's Note: San Diego Gay & Lesbian News is launching a new LGBT Sports Profile feature to run on Fridays. The Sports Profile will not only focus on the myriad of local LGBT sports organizations that San Diego is lucky enough to enjoy all year 'round, but also on the members of our community who participate in them.
Name: Matha Henderson
Hometown: Gaithersburg, Md.
How many years have you been in San Diego?:
Four years (I was in Santa Barbara for seven years prior to San Diego)
Single or taken: Single
Predominate sports involved in:
Softball (women's LGBT and Co-Ed non-LGBT)
What sports-related organization(s) do you play with or volunteer for, and why?
America's Finest City Softball League (AFCSL). I also still do some tournament work with the Santa Barbara Women's Soccer Organization.
Why?? Why not?? It's worth it to help and be a part of something where everyone has a good time!
I am the manager of the Gossip Grill team in the Women's D Division of the AFCSL.
I also play 2nd base, outfield, or catcher.
When is the primary season for that sport?
Spring (March through June/July)
What do you like best about that sport and/or that organization?
I love the sport in general, but I LOVE the comraderie and the friends I have made by playing ball.
What is your full-time career?
Event Coordinator at the Del Mar Fairgrounds & I love it!!
What is something that many people do not know about you?
I have a twin sister. She is fraternal and lives on the East Coast.
What do you like most about the local LGBT community and it’s support of sports programs?
This community is a ton of fun to be part of and sports is a such a healthy way for us all to come together (minus the ones with anger management issues).
What would you like to see change in the LGBT community?
I would like to see the ladies in this community as equally represented as the men in the media forum, both socially and politically.
What other sorts of things do you do to enrich your social life (aside from sports)?
I volunteer a lot and I love to get outside. Hiking, walking, sitting at the beach looking at the ocean. And being with friends!
Where would you be right now if you could be anywhere?
Exactly where I am!
What is your favorite outdoor location in San Diego?
I LOVE the cliffs at Point Loma Nazarene College. So peaceful and just stunning to look at!!
Anything exciting coming up with regards to your favorite sport?
The Gossip Grill softball team is headed to Las Vegas this weekend for the Sin City Shootout.
We are also very excited that San Diego will be hosting the ASANA Women's World Series this August!!
Our Gossip Grill team is also having a fundraiser coming up so put it on your calendars:
The third annual "Countdown to Opening Day Party" will be on March 4th @ Gossip Grill from 2 - 5 pm. We sell jello shots to raise money for new uniforms, but really it's just a party to get the whole AFCSL league fired up for Opening Day, which is March 11th.
For more details, see flyer above.
Website & social media info for the sports organization you are most involved in?
Our Gossip Grill Softball team has a Facebook Fan Page, too ... become our fan!!
Also, we could use a back-up pitcher for the Spring season. If you are a pitcher or anyone else who is interested in playing and have any questions about the league, email me and I'd be happy to point you in the right direction!
I can be reached at email@example.com.
"I am absolutely everything I am because I come from an incredibly loving and supportive family! They have cheered me on and encourged me in every chapter of this life journey. I am truly blessed!"
See ya'll on the fields!
If there is someone you know who participates in an LGBT sport here in San Diego and would llke to have them profiled, email firstname.lastname@example.org.