THE OFFICIAL STONEWALL PHILLY COVID-19 CENTER

To keep up to date on all things Stonewall Philly in light of the Coronavirus outbreak. 

April 1, 2020

Re: Stonewall Sports Spring Season & Operations Update 

To the Stonewall Sports-Philadelphia Community, 


As we continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19 in the region, the Stonewall Board is suspending all in person activities for Stonewall Sports-Philadelphia through at least May 17. Given the rapidly evolving nature of this situation, we are attempting to make the best decisions possible while realizing it is difficult to understand what the state of things will be next week or in 7 weeks. Read on for more information and do not hesitate to reach out with questions.


What does this mean for the Spring Season? 

Our goal is to facilitate a modified Spring Season that will consist of 4 weeks of Kickball and 5 weeks of Bowling, Billiards, and Yoga starting in late May and running through the end of June. You can view the updated schedule via the calendar on the Stonewall website or on League Apps registration pages. 


Registration for all leagues and activities will remain open through early May at the following adjusted cost: Kickball ($25), Bowling ($25), Billiards ($20), and Yoga ($25)


Our hope is to have the opportunity to bring the Stonewall community together for this abbreviated season after a difficult few months and focus on what Stonewall is all about: bringing our community together through organized recreational sports and physical activity. 


If I already registered, what does this mean for my registration fees? 

As an organization, the majority of our operating expenses and ability to donate funds to local LGBT+ nonprofit organizations is directly supported through funds raised through activity registrations. Balancing the reality of losing over a quarter of our yearly revenue with the understanding that this is a challenging time financially for many of us, we are providing currently registered players the option of what action they would like to take regarding their registration fees. 

  1. Take no action at this time and donate all currently paid registration fees to support our nonprofit partners and Stonewall Sports operations. 
  2. Request a partial refund reflecting the new registration price points outlined above with the remainder supporting Stonewall operations and our nonprofit partners. To do so complete this form by April 15th
  3. Request a full refund for all paid registration fees. Players who select this option for financial reasons will not lose their spot in any activity. To do so complete this form by April 15th

Should we not be able to facilitate the Spring season as outlined, we will reopen this option to all currently registered players at the time that decision is made. 


Why not just cancel the Spring season?  

Honestly, because we really hope we donâ??t have to do so. We want to put ourselves in the position to bring the Stonewall community back together as quickly as possible and leaving everything in place in League Apps as it currently is lets us act quickly should we get the opportunity to do so. As mentioned above, we are following the rapidly changing developments and making decisions accordingly and will continue to do so over the next 8 weeks.   


What is Stonewall doing in the meantime? 

The Board is working behind the scenes right now to plan opportunities for the Stonewall community to connect virtually in the upcoming weeks. Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Instagram pages (and your inbox!) for more information soon! 


Until then, please take care of yourself, wash your hands often, practice social distancing, and feel free to suggest ways to stay active and engaged with the Stonewall community via our Facebook group


If you have any questions you can contact 


Stonewall Sports-Philadelphia Board of Directors


March 20th, 2020

Re: Stonewall Sports Operations Update 

To the Stonewall Sports-Philadelphia Community, 


With registration for the Spring season of Stonewall Sports-Philadelphia set to close on March 23rd, I wanted to provide an update on the status of Stonewall operations and our Spring season. 

  • Registration for all Spring activities will remain open indefinitely at this time while we plan next steps. Therefore members of your team who have not currently registered do not have to do so until further decisions have been made about the season. We will hold all spots for those who have currently registered to allow leagues to start up as soon as conditions allow. 
  • Given the rapidly changing realities all of us have had to navigate this past week, I have asked the Board to prioritize their well-being and health over this week and next as we adjust to the changes in our professional and personal lives. Therefore, the Board will not be coming together to make decisions on the Spring season until late next week. An update will be sent to the Stonewall community no later than March 31st.
  • We are aware that the start date of our Spring season overlaps with the 8 week suspension of gatherings of 50 or more per CDC guidelines. Right now, I can say that if a Spring season is held (which I hope we can in some way) it will be a modified version of what is currently on the calendar and that all registered players will be refunded accordingly to reflect the modified season. 

Thank you for your support and understanding. We look forward to bringing the Stonewall community back together as soon as we are able and hope to find creative ways for us to connect between now and then. We are actively monitoring the rapidly changing developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak and will be planning accordingly. 


Please take care of yourself, wash your hands often, practice social distancing, and feel free to suggest ways to stay active and engaged with the Stonewall community via our Facebook group. If you have any questions you can contact me at mattf@stonewallphilly.org


On behalf of the Stonewall Sports-Philadelphia Board of Directors, 


Matt Forrest 


March 12th, 2020

To the Stonewall Sports-Philadelphia Community, 

We are writing to provide you with an update regarding Stonewall Sports-Philadelphia and the developing COVID-19 outbreak. We have been working tirelessly behind the scenes this week to develop a plan and respond accordingly and we appreciate your patience as we navigate between our roles in a volunteer capacity with Stonewall and our other obligations. 
Stonewall Sports-Philadelphia will be canceling all events and activities from March 13th through April 9th, 2020. We have decided the best course of action is to prioritize the health and wellness of this community and to play our part in reducing public gatherings and the further spread of COVID-19.
What does this mean?

  1. Important: If you are currently registered for an event or activity that has been impacted, you will receive a separate email specific to that event or activity with more specific information on what is outlined below before the end of the day Friday. 
  2. Dodgeball: The dodgeball tournaments on March 22nd and 29th have been canceled and will not be rescheduled.  
  3. Yoga: The remaining four weeks of yoga at William Way have been canceled and will not be rescheduled. 
  4. Flip Cup Tournament: The event has currently been postponed until Saturday, May 16th. 
  5. Spring Season: We are currently planning to move forward with our Spring Season of Kickball, Bowling, Billiards, and Yoga and hope to be able to resume activities starting with our April 9th t-shirt pickup. While we will be working hard to plan these activities, we will also be actively monitoring coronavirus developments and communicating to you if plans change. If the Spring Season is impacted, we will be in touch regarding refunds and next steps. 

What if I have a question? 

What can you do? 
Recognizing that we are not health care professionals, we rely on the CDC and Philadelphia Department of Public Health which recommends observing the following health and wellness practices:

  • Recognize the symptoms (fever and dry cough are the most common). 
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (60-95% ethyl alcohol).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

Thank you on behalf of the Stonewall Sports-Philadelphia Board for being such an outstanding community and we look forward to seeing you all soon! 


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