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Chelsea Challenge 2019

June 21 - June 23

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Sports isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Pride, but New York City is home to dozens of gay sports leagues. New York City Gay Hockey Association, prominently featured at World Pride 2019 is just one gay sports league in the Big Apple, but there’s literally something for everyone including the Gay Bowling League, Cheer N ew York, Outcycling, Big Apple Dodgeball and Rugby (naturally). The Chelsea Challenge is an international adult LGBTQIA+ and LGBTQIA+-friendly ice hockey tournament hosted by the New York City Gay Hockey Association. The tournament, now in its 19th year, will start on Friday, June 21 and end on Sunday, June 23. The tournament welcomes skaters from all over the world and will be held at Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, a 30-acre waterfront sports village located between 17th and 23rd Streets. Participants skate at one of three skill levels: Division D, a drop-in beginner division for those with 1-3 years skating experience; Division C for those with five years of experience and complete understanding of the rules of play; and Division B, advanced/competitive level hockey players with at least ten years experience.

New York City’s first official gay hockey organization, The New York City Gay Hockey Association (NYCGHA) is the official organizer of The Chelsea Challenge. NYCGHA provides “an environment free of harassment and discrimination for members and friends of the LGBT community to play ice hockey and fulfill their athletic aspirations.” They currently organize seven teams in various divisions of Chelsea Piers’ adult recreational hockey program, an annual fourteen team tournament over Memorial Day Weekend, clinics during the summer, holiday scrimmages and Registered for the skaters for the Chelsea Challenge have access to social events and our tournament banquet; games are open to the public. For more information, including tournament registration, go to https://www.nycgha.org/cc/.


Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
61 Chelsea Piers
New York, New York 10011


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