The National Hockey League (NHL)
… for naming one player from each team as a You Can Play ambassador as a means of support and inclusion of diversity in both the locker room and the community..
… for its new “Equality” campaign that proclaims “Equality should have no boundaries.” Aimed at inpiring people to take action in their communities, it features LeBron James, Serena Williams, openly gay Megan Rapinoe, Gabby Douglas, Kevin Durant, Victor Cruz and Dalilah Muhammad.
My-King Johnson, University of Arizona recruit
… for becoming the first active openly gay scholarship player in major college football history. He told The Arizona Daily Star that “I do feel like when I say that (I’m gay) it can put a target on my back. But whtever
Hope Solo, longtime goalie for the U.S. women’s national soccer team
… for not appearing to take responsibility for her actions that led to a six-month suspension and contract cancellation for calling another team “cowards” and criticizing head coach Jill Ellis among other missteps. Although now eligible to return, it doesn’t appear probable since it’s up to Ellis to invite her back.