Ben Cohen, Juan Martinez and Hudson Taylor at Nike Pride Kick-off Party in downtown Portland, Robert Goman, Lisa Hunefeld, Kendall Clawson and guest, Officer Newby, Ben, Ben's new line of underwear Blue Buck at Pride Fest, Ben, Steven Lien
GENTLE BEN: Many of the nation’s top lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer sports leaders joined Nike representatives at Nike World Headquarters for the first-ever Nike LGBT Sports Summit to combat bullying and anti-LGBTQ bias and discrimination in sports.
Advocates and organizations pooled their expertise and strengths over the last four days—June 14 to June 17—to develop a unified plan to end harassment and discrimination against LGBTQ athletes and coaches in kindergarten through high school, college, recreational sports, and professional sports.
The event concluded with summit participants joining the Nike contingency in the Portland Pride Parade.
One of the most recognizable faces to participate this weekend was the legendary rugby player and anti-bullying crusader Ben Cohen who made several stops at Pride events, including the downtown Nike "Be True" Pride Kick-off and Launch Celebration, the launch of his new underwear line, Blue Buck, at the Pride Fest as well as walking with the 400-strong Nike contingent at the Pride parade.
I love this guy. And not to take away from anyone else who is working to combat bullying and participated in this important summit...they are all champions...but Ben truly is one of a kind.
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