A lot is happening in the world right now, there is no shortage of negative things we could be focusing on but no matter how dark things might seem, there is always a light. If there is no light, then there is an opportunity to learn.
More and more professional athletes are standing up against hate and violence. From making statements, writing books and taking part in Pride. We’ve also seen more than a few stumbles and obstacles in the way and learn that even the greatest athletes of all time are still human.
- Seattle Mariners take a stand against Cyber Bullying with new children’s book
- Titled “Rise With King Felix #Mooselove,” written by Jarrett Mentink and illustrated by Patrick Carlson to help teach kids what to do and how to handle cyber bullying and internet safety. The book declares “No haters at Safeco” as Hernandez, teammates and fans all stand up for Mariner Moose against a rival mascot who attempts to cyber bully him.
- NFL, NBA and other professional athletes speak out against hate and violence in Charlottesville
- Chris Long, Lebron James in addition to many other athletes react with shock and denounce the violence and hate brought on by neo-nazi, KKK and other alt-right white supremacy groups who spark a violent rally and protest in the small town of Charlottesville
- Traumatic head trauma and concussions increase risk of brain injury and disease in Football players and other combat sports.
- Chronic Traumatic Encephalophy (CTE) is a traumatic brain disease that is regularly being found and diagnosed in football players ranging from high school to professional as a result of repeated and traumatic head injuries.
- Dallas Stars first professional sports team to speak out against Texas “Bathroom Bill”
- With Dallas set to host the 2018 NHL Draft, the Dallas Stars publicly oppose the proposed bathroom bill being introduced by Governor Abbott. The Stars are making it clear that they oppose discrimination against their players, fans and visitors to Dallas who support their community.
- Usain’s Bolt’s last race ends with a stumble
- At his last ever race as professional athlete, Usain Bolt was running the final leg of he men’s 4×100 relay at the Track and Field World Championships. Grabbing hold of the baton and running for the last time to glory only to stumble and collapse upon injuring his hamstring. Not quite the fairy tale ending for the career of the GOAT but did he finish.
- Canuck’s Players show their pride with rainbow skirts a Vancouver’s Pride Parade
- Recognizing and acknowledging the support that the LGBTQ+ Community shows for the Vancouver Canucks, the team sent a few of their players and their mascot “Fin” to take part in the pride festivities in Vancouver.
- First ever openly trans cyclist competes in U.S. Professional Peloton event
- Pro Cyclist Jillian Bearden is rediscovering her love for cycling and paving the way for other trans athletes by competing at the 2017 Colorado Classic less than 3 years after the start of her transition.
By Dirk Smith
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