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The Blue Hen Leadership Program and Haven will sponsor "Who's In Your Locker Room? An Athlete Ally Panel" on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Oct. 17: Athlete Ally event

Blue Hen Leadership Program, Haven sponsor LGBT ally panel


8:47 a.m., Sept. 25, 2013--The Blue Hen Leadership Program and Haven will sponsor “Who’s In Your Locker Room? An Athlete Ally Panel” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, in the University of Delaware’s Trabant University Center Theatre.

An “ally” is traditionally defined as an individual who does not necessarily identify as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender) but supports and acts as a resource for the community.

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Featured speakers include:

  • Hudson Taylor, collegiate wrestling coach and founder of Athlete Ally, who will discuss his mission to end homophobia and make the world of sports an inclusive, accepting environment for all players;
  • Brendon Ayanbadejo, former Baltimore Ravens player and the first professional athlete to publicly support marriage equality, who will share his experiences and advice for becoming a leader in the locker room; and
  • Laura Devenney, UD master of business administration degree candidate and former tournament services manager for the McDonald’s Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Championship, who will reflect on her experiences playing and coaching women’s rugby in and around UD.

The panel will explore the fight for equality within professional sports and beyond, to be followed by discussion and an ice cream social sponsored by UD’s Office of Residence Life and Housing. 

While the event is specifically targeted to UD student athletes, all within the UD community are welcome and encouraged to attend. Though the event is free, participants are encouraged to reserve their seats via this link.

The Blue Hen Leadership Program (BHLP) is UD’s three-tiered student leadership certification program. BHLP often partners with registered student organizations such as Haven, UD’s LGBTQQIAA organization, to sponsor programs that enhance the campus environment for all members of the UD community. For more information about either group, see their websites at the links above.

Article by Casey Impagliazzo

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