Hello and welcome to On Deck Circle for today, Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
Your need to read time today is 2-minutes.
Today’s LGBTQ Sports History Highlight:
It was on this day in 1874 that the National Association of Professional Baseball Players officially adopted the batter’s box. And in July 2020, out high school coach Krystal Brazel told the story of how that’s where she took a knee and proposed to her partner, on the softball field at Lutheran High School of Indianapolis.
“I got her in the batter’s box and I got down on one knee,” Brazel told the Indy star. “I read something to her and it was just symbolic, that our whole relationship was about being ready to step up to the batter’s box and swing for the fences.”
Despite working at the high school for five years as an out coach and athletic trainer, the school fired Brazel last June for being gay. A few days after we told their story last July she married her partner.
Fortunately, Brazel remains employed with Franciscan Health and is a part-time ATC at a middle school in Pike Township, Ind., while continuing in multiple roles with OrthoIndy in Greenwood, Ind. We send her and her wife our best wishes.
Today’s Outsports Headlines:
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Well, I didn’t not screen shot this ♀️ https://t.co/Jw0EeiP6jH— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) March 2, 2021
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If you’re an LGBTQ person in sports looking to connect with others in the community, head over to GO! SPACE to meet and interact with other LGBTQ athletes, or to Equality Coaching Alliance to find other coaches, administrators and other non-athletes in sports.
Social Media Spotlight:
Thank you for sharing your story with Sports Equality Foundation via TikTok, Ben Quinn!
Today’s Outsports Podcast:
Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment. Today, D.Gil is taking The GAMEDAY TEA listeners back to his high school days in Georgia with the softball standout Nikki Goodson. They discuss challenges they endured in their high school years, homophobia at the high school level, Nikki’s own personal viewpoints on discrimination while in high school and the change we hope to see for LGBTQ+ people at the youth level. Listen here:
Today’s Sports Calendar:
MLB Spring Training:
Exhibition games are underway! Click here for MLB’s guide to your favorite teams’ schedules.
Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s pro hockey action today.
Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s pro basketball action today.
Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s college basketball action today.
Click here for ESPN’s schedule of women’s college basketball action today.
Click here for ESPN’s schedule of soccer action today.
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