GLSEN, whose Changing The Game program trains coaches and school administrators on how to handle LGBT issues on their teams and in their leagues, could win $1 million from the American Giving Awards presented by Chase. But they need your help!
Winners will be announced on the awards show, which will air on NBC on Dec. 8, 8pm-10pmET. GLSEN is one of 25 charities in the running for the gift; The top five vote-getters will all receive at least $125k. According to Robert McGarry, GLSEN's director of education, part of the funding will go to their sports project (CTG):
The funding will absolutely support further CTG initiatives. Thanks to the solid foundation for training and the CTG resources developed under [Pat Griffin's] guidance, and through the collaboration between Pat and our training manager, Jenny Betz, we have begun to integrate specific CTG strategies into all of our educator training programs while continuing to develop our sports-specific model.
We recently conducted very successful capacity-building trainings for the school districts of Baltimore and Washington DC (and hope to implement the same in LAUSD soon) as part of our Safe Schools Initiative. The trainings cover our full portfolio of resources and address the need for safe spaces in all academic, athletic, and social areas of a school. Among many things, this funding will allow us to bring this training to more communities across the country.