Autumn is upon us, but one of our favorite rugby teams is keeping things scorching hot by releasing a sneak peek at their 2016 calendar.
A gay and inclusive team, the Nashville Grizzlies don't disappoint with this year's edition, which features several of their diverse members stripping down in the locker room and cooling down in the showers.
The focus of this year's fundraising efforts is to ensure that the team is accessible for all players, regardless of their financial situation, member Thomas Hormby told The Huffington Post in an email.
"Our goal is to create a safe space for players of all sexual orientations, backgrounds and experience level to learn about the sport and have fun," he said.
In 2016, the Grizzlies will host the Bingham Cup, the world championship of gay rugby, in Nashville. Named after openly-gay 9/11 hero Mark Bingham, who was also a rugby player, the Bingham Cup is the world's largest tournament for gay and inclusive teams. The 2016 edition, Hormby said, will mark the first time the tournament has been held in the South. Players from Europe, North America and Australia have already registered.
Now this is what we call a perfect way to make a big-hearted statement! Check out some of the sizzling images below, then head here for more information on the calendar.
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