For the last two years, Nike has held the LGBT Sports Summit in Portland, Ore., during the city's Pride celebration. From this year's summit emerged the formalized LGBT Sports Coalition, comprised of a couple dozen organizations and individuals dedicated to ending anti-LGBT bias in sports by 2016.
Earlier this year, Nike dedicated the proceeds from their 2013 #BeTrue line to the Coalition. According to Robert Goman, chairman of the Nike LGBT & Friends Network, the line of shirts and shoes sold better than expected, resulting in a much larger donation than anyone had expected.
As one of the co-founders of the Coalition, I can say that I was honestly stunned when Goman and Nike's Quinton Hawks shared the check with us. It's amazing to see the dedication to equality in sports that Nike has demonstrated not just with their fantastic #BeTrue line, but also by hosting the LGBT Sports Summit and other LGBT sporting events. To see this worldwide leader in sports apparel -- a company that outfits the NFL and the Olympics -- make a $200k donation to our movement is breathtaking.
It will be exciting to see the projects that can now be funded with the money Nike has raised on our behalf.
Later this year, the Coalition will begin accepting membership applications for new members, and also for projects to fund. You can find the Coalition on Facebook.
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