Why does visibility in sports matter? Why is it important that people in professional sports, idols to many kids and adults, don’t have to hide who they are? Here’s why:
When 12-year-old Braeden Lange was being bullied by classmates after coming out to his friends and family this spring, he was so distraught he considered suicide.
Desperate to help, his father started scouring the internet for resources, and stumbled across a decade-old TV feature of out former Dartmouth College lacrosse goalie Andrew Goldstein, the first openly gay male athlete to play in any American professional sport league.
A simple email from Lange’s father to Goldstein, now a doctor and medical researcher in Los Angeles, sparked the conversation that eventually created Philadelphia’s first Courage Game, a lacrosse contest intended to encourage and support gay youth while promoting equality.
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