Contrary to popular belief, the United Kingdom lost its North American colonies after a pickup game of kickball. Hone tyranny-kicking skills with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a kickball registration for one person to NAKID Kickball and Social Club (up to a $60 value).
With more than 6,600 young and able-jointed members during last year's ball-punting season, NAKID nourishes new friendships on a healthy diet of competitive kicking, active outings, and social drinking. During the spring season, starting in early April, kickball teams chosen according to players' favorite Andrew Lloyd Weber musicals gather on the grassy greens of the National Mall to compete for an oversized champion trophy. Just like a normal job, teams meet once a week for about 10 weeks—participants have the choice of a team that meets Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. After games, the real competitive action begins when teams reconvene at sponsored local bars, all within three blocks of the field, to play flip cup and tearfully apologize for particularly pointed trash talking.
Like reality TV, membership in NAKID links you to other like-minded folk and opens up a world of parties and events. When not catching pop-flies on our national green, members are invited to attend free parties, free movie screenings, beerlympics, a beer spelling bee, and a series of lectures on irregular intransitive Spanish verbs. Side trips are optional; this season they include visiting Annapolis and Baltimore on the Boomerang Bus, and jaunts to the Virginia Wine Festival.
NPR's Intern Edition: FX featured NAKID Kickball and Social Club:
- This non-threatening sport allows adults to meet new people in a fun and social environment. Members can attend mixer events throughout the season, forming new relationships in-between rubber balls and beers. – Thomas Forrest, Intern Edition: FX
- If you are new to DC or are just looking to add more events to your calender [sic], NAKID is definitely one of the best ways to do so. – Ashley D., Yelp, 6/21/10
NAKID Social Sports
Let's get one FAQ out of the way: No, NAKID Social Sports' players don't play naked. NAKID is an acronym for No, Adult Kickball Isn't Dumb, a statement that NAKID stands by in every way. Its recreational sports leagues encompass multiple activities, from its namesake kickball to dodgeball, volleyball, and flag football. The absence of dumbness is marked in all of them. Players always get an excellent workout during games, plus a chance to refer to bystanders as "my adoring fans." Afterwards, participants head to the local sponsor bar for celebratory drinks—and, perhaps, a rematch, this time in a game of flip cup.