The New York Gotham Knights players celebrate their Bingham Plate win over the London King's Cross Steelers on May 29, 2016. Pic by Giovanni Capriotti

The New York Gotham Knights players celebrate their Bingham Plate win over the London King's Cross Steelers on May 29, 2016.

Pic by Giovanni Capriotti

Giovanni Capriotti’s unconventional portrayal of Rugby players, which throws macho stereotyping out the window, won First Prize for the Stories category. Meanwhile, the intensity and pleasure of competitive chess was thoughtfully drawn by Michael Hanke, whose series, which won Second Prize in the same category, shows that excitement can be found off the pitch too.
— Alexandra Genova, TIME

 
 
 
“Mark Bingham saved countless lives by helping stop United Flight 93 from reaching its target, but it’s the lives he saved and those he’s impacted since that help to define his legacy.”
— SPORTS CENTER

 
Rugby has long prided itself on its inclusivity, that it is a game for all shapes and sizes as well as all colours and creeds. Many of Gotham’s players were drawn to the sport by the lack of hierarchy common in other American sports.
— Daniel Schofield

Queens & Knights

1st Prize Winner of NBC Sports Captr'd Contest

 

 
 
 
Queens & Knights, produced by Sandra Chuma & Nyasha Kadandara, is the story of how an inclusive rugby team challenges perceptions of masculinity and athleticism through camaraderie and acceptance. Sandra Chuma is a Zimbabwean-Canadian multimedia journalist and documentary filmmaker based in New York.
— NBC Sports

 
 
 
 

by SAM HODGSON

"The Gotham Knights rugby team defies stereotypes and provides a safe venue for gay athletes to be themselves and build community."

The Gotham Knights rugby team defies stereotypes and provides a safe venue for gay athletes to be themselves and build community.
— Sam Hodgson

 
 
 

by JEAN-PHILIPPE LECLAIRE

 


 
 
 
 
 

by SANDRA CHUMA & NYASHA KADANDARA

What do a female Roman Catholic Priest, a breast cancer survivor, and a gay rugby team have in common? Through 7 short documentaries, we tell the stories of championing change, challenging stereotypes, and taking back power "move the needle". Produced by the 2015 Video Storytelling Class at Columbia Journalism School.
 

 
Bingham Cup players from the globe’s gay rugby clubs ruminate on the top teams, Aussie wildlife and if Sydney blokes really are the fittest.
— Benedict Brook

 
 
 
Years before gay players broke down barriers in the NBA and NFL, a squadron of New Yorkers demanded acceptance in the most rough-and-tumble sport of all.
— Jonathan Williamson

 
 

by Harry Hurt III

Intrepid reporter Harry Hurt III visits the Gotham Knights rugby football club and discovers that wearing skimpy-ish shorts and chasing after balls is quite the exciting thing to do.

 


 
 

by ADVOCATE.COM EDITORS