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Bumpin' intramural club still evolving

Bumpin' intramural club still evolving

Michael Rizzo

When Brad Hamm moved to Buffalo from Albany, he had only been out for a year or two and didn’t know many gay people, other than some casual acquaintances from outings to the bars. But in late 2010, he noticed a listing in a local newspaper for Buffalo Alternative Volleyball, a...

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Being an athlete with no fear

Being an athlete with no fear

Rebecca Windover

I never understood how I could be so different in a town where everyone seemed to be the same. I grew up in a small rural town in Upstate New York where at an early age you got used to following the path that was laid out by your parents...

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With advancing age comes new purpose

With advancing age comes new purpose

Michael Rizzo

When 63-year-old Steve McLaughlin took a wrong step out of the shower on July 27, it could have ruined his Sunday morning routine — a 1.8-mile run around Ring Road in Delaware Park.  “I stepped out, and my back just stiffened up,” he recounted, as he acted out the scene with...

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A league of our own

A league of our own

Eric DuVall

The batter, a lanky righty, steps toward home plate. He scuffs his back cleat, staking his claim to the batter’s box, kicking up a small cloud of dirt. Bat on his shoulder, he scans the outfield. Left is shaded toward the line — useful information. The pitcher settles in, looks, and...

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Being an everyday athlete

Being an everyday athlete

Terry Purdue

I was in eighth-grade gym class when I uncharacteristically decided to play basketball with the other boys.  I was a big, clunky, fat kid with glasses and a mini-afro in a pool of fit contestants who played basketball every class.   I did my best at getting the ball, but they purposely...

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