NBA Player Jason Collins Honored With Courage Award

NBA Commissioner David Stern, NBA player and Courage Award Jason Collins and GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard. GLSEN's Respect Awards in Manhattan. Photo Credit: Mariela Lombard for GLSEN.

Last night GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, honored NBA player Jason Collins with the Courage Award at the GLSEN Respect Awards held at New York’s Gotham Hall.

Collins received the Courage Award for his historic decision to come out as gay, becoming the first active out athlete in the NBA, MLB, NHL or NFL. By coming out, Collins has broken monumental barriers for and raised the hopes of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) student athletes in K-12 schools.

The Respect Awards, held annually in New York and Los Angeles, showcased the work of corporations, individuals, students and educators who have made a significant difference in the areas of diversity, inclusion and the safe schools movement, and who serve as exemplary role models. Guests in attendance included Matt Bomber, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, NBA Commissioner David Stern, Craig Robinson, Jonathan Del Arco and more.

Photo credit: courtesy of GLSEN.

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