WEST HOLLYWOOD—The Los Angeles Volleyball Organization (LAVO), in conjunction with 10 other local gay sports leagues, has put together the first annual West Hollywood Sports Festival that will take place from September 4 thru September 6 on UCLA’s Westwood campus.
The first-of-its-kind sporting event is in celebration of athletes, competition, community and national pride. Up to 2,000 LGBT athletes, friends and family will be a part of the three-day festival, according to the WSF website.
LAVO is a organization founded in 2010 by Eric Gonzales and Ray Robles in hopes to bring the residents of Los Angeles an organized league that would foster competition and build friendships. The two co-founders and masterminds behind this event hope the celebration will make gay Angelenos realize how diverse and large the community’s sports culture really is, bringing together for the first time a wide variety of leagues and athletes for a unique social experience.
The festival kicks off with a registration party for all participants at the Andaz West Hollywood Hotel from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sporting events take place on both Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
The event includes 11 different sports such as basketball, dodgeball, swimming, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and flag football.
WeHo Sports Festival participants will receive special discounts from a selection of West Hollywood restaurants and bars throughout the weekend and there will be a closing party Sunday night at The Abbey on Robertson Boulevard, south of Santa Monica, for all spectators and athletes.
Admission is free for spectators. For more information, visit the festival website at wehosportsfestival.org.