You may have noticed a new banner added to our cover last month – “In Our Tenth Year.” It’s hard to believe that Compete Magazine was born in 2006 and our Preview Issue was finally launched in February of 2007. Boy, how things have changed.

When we first launched the idea, LGBT athletes and fans were struggling to find their place in sports. Thanks to early pioneers such as Outsports’ Jim Buzinski and Cyd Zeigler, college athlete-turned political powerhouse Brian Sims, NCLR’s Sports Project director Helen Carroll, UCLA assistant softball coach Kirk Walker, former MLB player and now-MLB vice president Billy Bean, Compete’s Connie Wardman and many others too numerous to name, the world is much more open to sports diversity.

Giving credit where credit is due has always been a cornerstone of Compete’s reporting. If you look through past issues of Compete you’ll find many references to companies and individual that many people would consider our competition. We don’t look at them as competition, we look at them as collaborators. We aren’t always shouting from the rooftops about what Compete has done but rather about what we (in the collaborative sense) have done to advance sports diversity and inclusion.

So as we raise a glass to congratulate Compete on its tenth year, let’s also toast the many pioneers that have come before us as well as to those that stand beside us now, and say “Congratulations! There is a lot more to accomplishment but we are in this together!”

Sport On,

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Eric Carlyle
Chief Executive Officer


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