PHOENIX and KANSAS CITY, Mo. August 8, 2017 — Kansas City, home to barbeque, the Royals, Chiefs and the Negro Leagues’ Baseball Museum has been selected to host the 8th Annual Compete Sports Diversity Awards this fall. Also known as the Petey Awards, the Compete Magazine event honors the best in sports diversity and celebrates the magazine’s mission of “Uniting the World Through Sports.”

“Kansas City was selected because of its dedication to both amateur and professional sports and because of its ever-growing support of the LGBTQ community,” said Eric Carlyle, SDL, CEO of Compete’s parent company, MOL.

The event attracts national attention. A sampling of previous winners includes: MLS star Robbie Rogers, former NBA players Jason and Jarron Collins, World Rugby champion Ben Cohen, freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, former NFL player Wade Davis and triathlete Chris Mosier. It also includes LGBTQ advocates Cyd Zeigler, Molly Lenore, Helen Carroll, the Los Angeles Lakers, Colorado Rockies, Phoenix Mercury, Los Angeles Galaxy, Major League Baseball, PGA of America, Lexus, Nike, JP Morgan Chase and MillerCoors among many others. 

Connect Sports will be named the 2017 Corporate Diversity Partner winner for its work with the LGBTQ Sports Coalition that connects LGBTQ sports planners with national suppliers. Other winners’ names will be released leading up to the event on November 10,2017.

“This year’s event will benefit the AIDS Services Foundation of Greater Kansas City and NAGAAA’s Gay Softball World Series 2019,” said Catherine Kelly of CJK, Inc. A collaborative event partner, CJK is responsible for awarding this November’s Petey Awards to Kansas City.

The 8th Annual Petey Awards is being held on Friday, November 10 at the Westin Crown Center. A VIP welcome reception begins at 6 p.m. with dinner seating at 7 p.m. Early-bird, general admission tickets are available for $125 and VIP tickets for $175. Additional information on this year’s event can be found online at



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