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2011-01-05

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SkiBudz' 5th Annual Midwest Gay Ski Weekend

SkiBudz Chicago and the Midwest's Gay Ski and Snowboard Club is hosting its 5th annual Midwest Gay Ski Weekend Jan. 7-9 in Wausau, Wis.

This year's trip will include a special Friday welcome dinner, skiing and snowboarding at Granite Peak Ski Area, post-skiing pool party, special Saturday night event and Sunday brunch.

The trip is for skiers and snowboarders of all levels including beginners (lessons can be arranged through the ski area).

This year's host hotel will again be the Jefferson Street Inn, an upscale boutique hotel in downtown Wausau that is within walking distance to great shopping, restaurants and activities.

Visit www.skibudz.org or "Skibudz" on Facebook; also, e-mail granitepeak@skibudz.org .

'Hancock' Feb. 27

"Hustle Up the Hancock," sponsored by the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, will take place Sunday, Feb. 27.

The full climb is sold out. However, CBS2 Half Climb (52 floors) and Lung Health Champion spots are still available. The total entry fee, due at the time of registration, is $110 for the half-climb and $110-$130 for the lung health spot. (The Lung Health Champion slot has a mandatory additional fundraising amount of $920.)

See www.hustleupthehancock.org .

Chicago MSA badminton doubles

Winter doubles will return Monday nights beginning Jan. 10 at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway.

Dates are Jan. 10, 24 and 31; Feb. 7, 14 and 28; March 7, 14, 21 and 28; and April 4, 11, 18 and 25. Team fees are $160, with an additional fee of $5 per player.

Team entry deadline is Jan. 17; see www.ChicagoMSA.org .

NCAA considering transgender policy

A working group of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has proposed a policy that would allow transgender athletes to compete on teams, Inside Higher Ed has reported.

The interpretation endorsed by the NCAA's Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports is almost the same as recommendations issued in a report by the National Center on Lesbian Rights and the Women's Sports Foundation. Among other things, a female athlete who is making the transition to male would be allowed to play on a men's team at any time; however, if the athlete wants hormone treatment, then said athlete "must get a medical exception for the use of testosterone" since the NCAA has banned the substance.


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