Former New York Ranger Sean Avery Joins Athlete Ally Board

  • May 30, 2012

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Athlete Ally, a non-profit organization dedicated to challenging homophobia in sports, is pleased to announce that Sean Avery has joined the board of directors. Avery, a former NHL player and New York Ranger, will help further the mission of Athlete Ally by encouraging more straight athletes to start speaking out against homophobia in athletics. “With few athletes feeling comfortable or safe enough to come out, a professional athlete ally like Sean Avery can make all the difference,” said Hudson Taylor, Athlete Ally Founder and Executive Director. “We look forward to working with Sean to make sport a space for everyone and empowering athletes everywhere to start using their voice as athlete allies.

Having played professional hockey for the past 16 years, Avery has the experience necessary to help Athlete Ally connect with more athletes across the country. Over the course of his career he has accumulated 90 goals in 580 career NHL games. In addition to reaching the most elite level on the ice, Avery has also been a champion of inclusion off the ice. In 2011, Sean became the first professional athlete in the state of New York to publicly support marriage equality. In a climate where no active player in any of the United States’ four major sports leagues has publicly announce he is gay, having a straight ally like Avery is paramount to changing athletic culture for the better.

About Athlete Ally Athlete Ally is a non-profit sports resource encouraging all individuals involved in sports to respect every member of their communities, regardless of perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, and to lead others in doing the same. Athlete Ally provides social advocacy campaigns, on-campus trainings and practical tools including resources to locate and learn about allied athletes, coaches, teams, athletic clubs and sports-based advocacy projects around the country.