The UCLA Bruins kick off their Women's College World Series today against Oregon, and no team in the tournament has more publicly out members than the Bruins.
Assistant coach Kirk Walker came out publicly on Outsports about a decade ago. At the time he was the head coach at Oregon State, making him the first Division I head softball coach - and one of the very first Division I head coaches of any sport - to come out publicly. Since then he left his spot in Corvalis and headed back to UCLA where he got his start in softball years before. Now Walker is a key member of the LGBT Sports Coalition and one of the strongest LGBT advocates of any coach in America.
Walker tweeted about the big game tonight:
"I think coming out on a sports team, you're put on a stage. Now especially with social media ... it's public knowledge. If you come out, yeah it's just on a team, but it's also at a university level."
Stephany LaRosa is also in the Fearless project.
Good luck to UCLA - our most publicly out team in the World Series - this weekend!