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The New York Gay Pool League is a charitable organization with two main purposes: playing pool and raising money for local charities which provide direct support services for those afflicted with HIV/AIDS (see our Mission Statement). From year-to-year the league is made up of anywhere from 10 – 20 teams comprised of players of all skill levels throughout the community playing weekly matches in sponsor bars and billiards halls. Our season runs from our opening party in September/October through our closing party in April/May. In recent years we have begun also running a "2nd Season Team 9-Ball Tournament" in the early summer.

Our History

The New York Gay Pool League started in the fall of 1984 when pool players from four bars thought it would be a great way to build companionship and competition by starting a pool league. In recent years, the league annually has had eleven to eighteen teams and between 80 – 150 players each season.

In the early 1990's in the face of the HIV/AIDS epidemic the league members chose to start helping local organizations and some of its own members who were fighting this affliction. Sadly, the league has had casualties to this epidemic and remains focused on the charity aspect of its activities in their honor.

In February, 1995 the league registered with the State of New York as a not-for-profit corporation. Later that year, the league filed with the Internal Revenue Service for classification as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization. On January 16, 1996, the IRS issued an Advanced Ruling that the NYGPL could reasonably expect to be found to be a publicly supported organization. On November 19, 1999, the IRS issued its determination letter which classified the NYGPL as a publicly supported organization.

Since the 1995 – 1996 season, the league has only made donations to other 501(c)(3) organizations. Organizations to whom we make grants must have this IRS status, be direct providers of services to HIV/AIDS clients, and provide those services within the New York City metropolitan area. These organizational requirements are defined in the league's Certificate of Incorporation, original IRS filing, and in its bylaws.

Over the last nineteen seasons, the league has donated over $275,000 to local groups. In the 2009 – 2010 season nine organizations shared in grants totaling $9,000. Our funds come from player fees, sponsor fees, various fund raising events, and through the generosity of the community.