Spartan wrestlers

When you’re a group like City of Brotherly Love Softball League, Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League or Stonewall Sports, with hundreds of participating members, you’re already ahead of the smaller organizations by shear numbers. With officers, a board, event and fundraising people, web and Facebook-savvy updaters, maybe 20 people can keep the organization on track and in the public eye also.


But when you’re a small group, absolutely everyone must pitch in with social media, website support, fundraising plans, event scheduling, recruiting and generally just helping the organization get noticed. If it effectively takes 20 people to keep an organization running but your group only has 12, well, that’s a challenge.

So the Spartan Wrestling Club of Philadelphia members are heading out to stimulate some interest in their singlets (so to speak) next weekend, starting at 4 p.m. March 26 at U Bar, to do some recruiting and conversing about the organization and promote their upcoming annual tournament on Pride weekend in June.

The Spartans are one of the longer-lived sports groups in the city and recently have been reaching out more into the community to stir up interested wrestlers to extend the organization’s longevity.

Spartans practice is 7 p.m. every Monday at 2125 Chestnut St. in the basement, and the first practice of each month is designated for beginners. Mondays are a great night to get out and play!

Drinking in the club air

Skills day for CBLSL is finally here. If you’re new and registered to play this year or if you just want to check out the newbies, head over to Palumbo Field at 10th and Fitzwater streets starting at 10 a.m. March 19.

If you want to check out the new guys’ and gals’ drinking skills, buy a T-shirt at and join the pub crawl that afternoon, starting with Boxers at 2:30 p.m. You can also just tag along without the shirt, but you won’t get the drink specials at each bar — and you’ll look like an outsider.

Stonewall Dodgeball’s end-of-season party is 6-8 p.m. March 20 at ICandy. The good-fortune goddess smiled on them for that day as the 12th Air Command reunion party and USO Show with Sandy Beach and Salotta Tea starts at 8 p.m. The third floor is semi-reserved for the dodgeballers, while the second floor is the show and the first floor is for all those missing out!

And if you want to hang with the ruggedest of the rugged, the ruggers of Gryphons RFC are celebrating the fourth-annual Shamrocks and Jocks party at Boxers PHL March 19 until around midnight. There will be drink and food specials along with some raffles and a rollicking rugged time.

Short Stops

• Liberty Tennis and Falcons Soccer are on the cusp of moving back outdoors for the spring/summer/fall. Check their sites for updates: and

• Reminder to get your shamrock on at Boxers for $5 supporting the Philadelphia Gryphons’ RFC efforts to go to the Bingham Cup in Nashville.

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