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High Five for Sports Diversity

Featured in our September/October 2018 issue of Compete Magazine

As an early leader in the sports diversity movement, Compete Magazine gives out High Fives to deserving athletes, teams, leagues, organizations and corporations as well as high profile celebrities for their contributions to promote diversity, inclusion, equality and acceptance for all. Here are five who get a High Five for a job well done!

Robby Rogers and Husband Greg Berlanti

… for being honored at the Los Angles LGBT Center’s Vanguard Awards on September 22 for their unwavering support of the LGBTQ community and their dedication to creating positive change in the world. They are shown with their son, Caleb.

Rogers, known best as the first openly gay professional soccer player until his retirement, is now an LGBTQ advocate working closely with a number of charities. He’s also producing a new TV series, “All American” that debuts on The CW in October. Berlanti is well known for his many inventive, highly acclaimed TV series and most recently directed the critically acclaimed movie, “Love, Simon.”

Robbie Rogers Instagram Quote: “Still recovering from the most emotional beautiful day, exceeding any dream I ever had. To marry the man I love in front of all of my loved one’s was not something I grew up thinking would ever happen. Thank you to the men and women who made this day possible.”

Simone Biles, Olympic Gold Medal Winner in Gymnastics

… for winning her fifth U.S. Gymnastics Championship title while sweeping all four event titles. Wearing a teal leotard, the color for sexual abuse survivors, Biles acknowledged the women abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar, she being one of them.

Stephen Kovacev, 65-Year-Old HIV-Positive Athlete

… for competing in every Gay Games since 1990 as a runner and bodybuilder. Also a cancer survivor, in 1997 Kovacev became the first AIDS-survivor to run the Boston Marathon and now finds himself the oldest AIDS-survivor running in marathons around the world.

Stephen Curry, NBA Point Guard for Golden State Warriors

… for advocating for female equality in a powerful op-ed about raising his two daughters, writing that he and his wife Ayesha want no boundaries placed on their girls’ futures growing up.

Megan Rapinoe, Professional Soccer Player for Seattle Reign FC

… for starting a fire relief campaign via Twitter for Shasta Regional Community Foundation to aid her northern California hometown of Redding devastated by the Carr Fire. U.S. Soccer has joined to partner with her and the Shasta Regional Community Foundation.

 

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