Q&A With BASL Dima Division Representative, Carmelo Vasquez
Big Apple Softball League LGBTQ+ league that welcomes people of all walks of life. Melo is an example of that. Melo joined BASL over a decade ago just looking for somewhere to play ball but he’s now found a community.
What do you do for the BASL?
I am currently the coach of NY Fusion which I help found 14 years ago. I was also the head of the investigation committee of one and currently I am the Dima Division Representative.
When did you start playing in the BASL?
In 2003 I was sitting on a porch one Saturday morning when I got into a conversation with a male in a baseball uniform. Conversation went a little like this Me: hey where do you play, can I play Male: I play for BASL it’s a Gay league Me: I don’t care if it’s game I just want to play. Since then it has been one of the greatest experiences of the last 15 years.
Where are you from?
What do you do for fun?
I like to draw and I love watching my kids grow. I also like taking down the 1%ers while building stronger jobs.
What three words describe you best?
Big hearted, loyal and stubborn
How did you get involved with volunteering for BASL?
I got involved because I love what this league has given me. BASL has given me a foundation and an extended family. I wanted to make sure those values are afforded to everyone.
What do you love about BASL?
I love the fact that when the game starts the competition is fierce but when the games are over all you feel is the love.
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