You wouldn’t think it by looking at my 5’5 frame, but I used to be quite the athlete. There were late nights playing basketball in the Baptist church’s parking lot. And then I organized about 100 pickup games of wallyball in college. I loved competing, and it made unique bonds and memories with friends.
Even though pickup sports slowed down as the Cool Fam got started, it was nice to have the option to drum up a game of something in a friend’s backyard or the local park. Then we moved to NYC, and that option all but went away. There are places to hold pickup games, but you need to have to have the magic formula of:
- Getting there when none of the city’s 8 million residents are already using it.
- Having enough friends who want to play.
- Finding a time when all those friends can play.
Throw a couple of kids into the mix, and that means my sneakers aren’t getting any play anytime soon. So when NYC Social contacted me, I believed they were a movement worth writing about.
NYC Social is a co-ed, adult recreational sports club and social network here in the city. Their goal is “to eradicate loneliness and build a framework for new friendships in NYC” by producing “welcoming events and social sports leagues with post-game socializing every season of the year.”
Despite the constant crowd, New York can be a lonely place to live. It’s easy to feel isolated and insignificant among the tens of thousands who live in your ZIP code. I appreciate what NYC Social is doing to connect people by providing the magic formula above. You just sign up and start playing. Plus, the leagues are co-ed and casually competitive, so gender and experience level don’t exclude anyone.
You can get friends to sign up as a team, or you can register by yourself and be placed on a team. Here are the registration deadlines for the fall leagues.
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Go to the NYC Social website to register for a league, and check out these photos of the fun.
Disclosure: I was compensated to write this sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.