Greg Louganis, Olympic gold medal-winning diver and LGBT advocate
… for being chosen to receive the 2016 AIDS Service Center NYC’s Changemaker of the Year award.
First openly gay boxer Orlando Cruz
… for thanking the LGBT community for their support as he recently tried to become the first openly gay boxing champion. After being defeated in the recent WBO Lightweight Championship by Terry Flanagan, the winner revealed his sister is a lesbian so he was unfazed by Cruz’s sexuality and called Cruz “very brave” for coming out.
NBA Star LeBron James
… for pledging to donate $2.5 million to support the Muhammad Ali exhibit at the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C. Ali was James’ champion growing up and he wants young athletes to recognize Ali’s legacy and the power of sports in social justice.
Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame’s defensive end
… for kicking a SoCal Trojan opponent in the head (missed by the refs), then stepping on another’s leg when both players were lying on the turf. The separate 4Q incidents earned him only a 15-yard penalty and a chewing out from coach Brian Kelly.