Patterson is a former University of Maryland wrestler and current coach, along with being an elite-level Greco-Roman wrestler and LGBT advocate in many arenas, including for his own initiative called The Patterson Project.
“My mission in life has never been about fame or fortunes but rather the betterment of all people, regardless of sexual identity or sexual orientation. I have remained in the background working on many projects and I am honored to be assisting Athlete Ally in starting the conversations with the larger community on sports and race.”
“My sexuality was a big issue … a really big issue, I tried to squash it and move on. Athletes just need to know it’s OK to be whatever they want to be.”