Bingham Cup brings gay, inclusive rugby tournament to Nashville

(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Nashville courthouse and Korean Veterans Bridge were lit up in rainbow colors Thursday night to welcome the 2016 Bingham Cup to Nashville.

The Bingham Cup is a rugby tournament held every other year featuring gay and inclusive rugby teams.

Matches start on Friday and continue through Sunday at Ted Rhodes Park. Closing ceremonies will be held Sunday night.

This is the first year since 2010 the tournament has been held in the United States.

It’s meant to promote rugby as a non-discriminatory sport and is named for Mark Bingham who helped found some of the first gay rugby teams.

Bingham was killed in the attacks on September 11th. He was one of the men on Flight 93 who fought back against the hijackers before the plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field.

For more information on the Bingham Cup, click here.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

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