MLS Player Dillon Powers of Colorado Rapids Joins Athlete Ally

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Athlete Ally is thrilled to welcome its newest Ambassador in Coloardo Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers.

The Plano, TX native enjoyed a stellar collegiate career at the University of Notre Dame. He was named the team’s MVP for his junior and senior seasons, and garnered All-America First Team accolades  from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as a senior. He was also a three-time all-BIG EAST honoree.

Powers joins other MLS stars like Robbie Rogers, Stephen McCarthy, AJ DeLaGarza and Omar Gonzalez as Athlete Ally Ambassadors.

“I support LGBT inclusion in sports because equality matters. It makes no sense to me why there would be any degree or exclusion based on sexual orientation,” he said.

When asked about the role he sees professional athletes having when it comes to championing social causes, he said, “Although it is not the primary function of an athlete, I think sports have always provided a powerful platform from which social issues can be supported and examples can be set. So supporting LGBT equality in sport is important because it can successfully affect social change.”

He also highlighted the power that athletes have via social media, saying, “I think pro athletes can help activate social change by getting their name behind the LGBT community. With the media tools we have at our fingers today, we can be proactive in making our stance known and ideally it will carry weight, especially among youth.”