Three cheers for Nike! The inclusive sporting wear giant will hold the first-ever summit designed to tackle issues related to gays in sports. The world of athletics remains one of the last arenas were participants are afraid to come out. Especially in America, few, if any, professional athletes are openly gay while active. They only come out after they’ve retired.
The summit—held on June 14th in Beaverton, Oregon— aims to change all that by working towards an more inclusive environment.
According to Outsports.com:
Thirty leaders who are actively advocating for LGBT equality in sports will come together at Nike World Headquarters for the first-ever Nike LGBT Sports Summit. The goal of this ground-breaking event is to create a team game plan for ending homophobia and transphobia in sport that takes advantage of the best thinking and strengths of each organization. The aim is to increase our ability to collaborate on bringing about the change we all are committed to.
Along with Nike, participating organizations include GLAAD, GLSEN, the It Gets Better campaign, Ben Cohen’s StandUp Foundation, the Federation of Gay Games and ESPN.
With all those athletes in one place, it may be difficult to keep our mind purely on social change, but we’ll darn well try!