Note: The Courage Game will take place at Adams Field in Penn Park on May 24 at 10am. If you are interested in playing, please sign up at the Courage Game Web site or check out the site for more details.
A month ago, I responded to the call of a desperate father asking if I could send a message of support to his son, a lacrosse player who had made the decision to come out shortly after turning twelve. His son, Braeden, was struggling and feeling alone due to the response of some of his peers to his coming out. Braeden was even mentioning not wanting to "be here anymore," the worst words a parent can hear their child say.
I was able to send a video of support and recruit some lacrosse players who had been profiled by Outsports in the past, including Andrew McIntosh, Ben Chadwick and Holden Richards, to send their own videos. It had a powerful effect on Braeden who gave me a handwritten letter when we met in person:
Thank you for making me realize that I'm not alone. Your video touched my heart and the day I got that video was the best day of my life. Your video and all the other ones boosted my confidence to where I felt like I was unstoppable.
Gay lax player comes out in the darnedest ways
While nobody on the team quite knew how to handle a gay player when Richards came out, the entire Kenyon lacrosse team now again calls him their lax bro.
In honor of Braeden, we are putting together a lacrosse game inspired by athletes courageous enough to be themselves and by athletes courageous enough to fully support their teammates. The game will be presented by Lacrosse All Stars and the You Can Play Project and played over Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd-25th, in Philadelphia during the NCAA lacrosse championships.
The Courage Game will take place at Adams Field in Penn Park on May 24 at 10am. If you are interested in playing, please sign up at the Courage Game Web site or check out the site for more details. You can also send an email to me, Andrew Goldstein, or Nick Welton at firstname.lastname@example.org.