We have seen hundreds of players pass through our doors over the last 30 years...
Highly skilled and less skilled; men and women; every race and creed; gay, straight, bisexual and transgender have all participated. Diversity and inclusion has been one of our program’s hallmarks. Today the SFGBA operates open gym hours twice monthly for players and the greater San Francisco Bay Area community. We also organize spring and fall league seasons that are open to players of all skill levels. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation or age. Our goal has remained to provide a means of fellowship for LGBTQ basketball players, to nurture athleticism among our members and to support the San Francisco Bay Area community.
Throughout this history, though, there has been one amazing constant for whom we are most thankful — our founder and perennial leader Tony Jasinski.
Since launching our program in 1986, he has battled with city officials to get us established, developed great relationships with many of those same officials, navigated us through multiple gym locations, showed great care during loss in our community, ran our league for almost nine years and taken great pride in helping make the SFGBA the longest continually running and most successful Gay hoops program in the world. He is our rock and has been dedicated to helping develop and support younger and less-skilled players and building our community — often digging into his own pockets to do so.
Tony has been a great supporter of Gay basketball around the world, often helping advise programs in their infancy. His remarkable contributions to this sport were recognized when he was elected as an inaugural member of the Chicago Hoops Classic Hall of Fame in 2000. He has also helped support the Gay Games movement by serving for a number of years as a Treasurer and Board Member of Team San Francisco and as a Delegate to the international Federation of Gay Games."