Shawn moved to Chicago from Tampa, FL in 2000. What made you interested in joining GAA/MSA/CMSA originally? I’ve played baseball all my life and was interested in joining a gay softball league.
2002 To Present: multi- sport player- participated in Gay World Series in Portland in 2002 in the first D Division and then in 2003 winning the C Division in Washington D.C.
2003 - 2008: Commissioner Men’s Flag Football - During that time, the league grew from 8 teams to 20 teams in 4 divisions of play. We worked to recruit new people to the league and also enhance the rules of play and created new skill levels so that anyone could play.
2008 To Current: Head Referee- Chicago Pride Bowl
2003 To 2007: Founder/Commissioner- Thursday Night Summer Softball League and Thursday Fall Softball League – co-founded the league with Mike Gaudreau in 2003 and served as commissioner of both leagues until 2007. League started with 6 teams and grew to 12-14 teams today.
2003-2006 and 2008-2012: CMSA Board of Directors appointed director.
2008 - 2009: CMSA Board of Directors Secretary
2010 - 2012: CMSA Board of Directors President
2008 To Present: National Gay Flag Football League Board of Directors- Rules Director.
2003 To 2008: Chicago (CMSA) Delegate to the NGFFL
2002 – 2009 to Current: Men's Flag Football Head Referee
Gay World Series Umpire – Gay Super Bowl referee
What did you like best about your involvement with GAA/MSA/CMSA?
The lifelong friends I’ve made. I have two families, my Tampa family and my CMSA family. I felt
like I needed to give back to the organization that changed my life.
Sam Hamilton was born in Thailand and moved to Chicago in 1997.
2002 to Present: multi-sport player
2006: Formed the first of 12 PYT teams
2007: First recipient of the Angie Oldham Memorial Award in women’s flag football.
2007 - Sam along with three others founded the Dodge girl Chicago dodgeball league that debuted with 13 teams. In 2008, dodgeball became a CMSA sport.
2010: Founded the Saturday Women’s Basketball league, which became a CMSA sport in 2011. Founded the women’s only soccer league which was 7 on 7 which had both a spring and fall season.
Coordinated the CMSA float entry the Freedom Bus in the Annual Pride Parade including the design of the t-shirts.
Longtime manager in multiple sports
Named the CMSA female athlete of the year for 2010.
2011: Hosted the first annual CMSA Women’s Social, held at Joe’s Bar on Weed Street.
2011: Coordinated the family day at a Chicago Sky game
2012: Hosted 2nd annual CMSA Women’s Social at Joe’s Bar.
2013: Hosted 3rd annual CMSA Women’s Social at Joe’s Bar.
What made you interested in joining GAA/MSA/CMSA originally? I wanted to meet people, be active and network for my photography work. After joining as a player and having a good experience, I wanted to become more involved, I stepped up and starting managing various teams from flag fib and softball teams to help other people.
What did you like best about your involvement with GAA/MSA/CMSA? I love the fact that the commissioners and board are volunteers and give back to the community and I want to give back specifically to the women to not only play sports but to socialize, have fun and to help those a little less fortunate.