When Brittney Griner’s historic college career at Baylor University came to a close in 2013 there was no question in anyone’s mind that she would be the No. 1 pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft. Flash forward a couple years, and the Mercury are now celebrating a WNBA Title with Griner at the forefront of their bright new future.
What’s unique about Griner however is that her impact stems far beyond just the Mercury’s championship franchise, the WNBA, and even just athletics. Since announcing that she is gay prior to the WNBA Draft Griner has been at the forefront of the LGBT movement, and with her play and how she lives her life on a daily basis she is shattering the harmful stereotypes that come with homophobia in both athletics and in everyday life.
Recently Brittney Griner shattered another barrier for the LGBT community by becoming the first openly gay athlete to be endorsed by Nike, which is heralded as one of the world’s largest sports gear distributors. To highlight the significance of the reported $1 million agreement between the two parties, NIke announced Griner’s new endorsement deal on the eve of National Coming Out Day.
“It was really important to partner with Nike as I believe in what they are doing,” said Griner, who also added that she would not work with any company that did not support LGBT athletes.
With her new deal Griner is set to be a pioneer in the industry, but that is not necessarily what she wants. It is not about her, it’s about change. In the end Griner’s goal is that when her endorsement deals are announced, her sexuality will not have to be announced with it. Her goal is the goal of all those in the LGBT community. To be able to pursue happiness as they see fit, and to be accepted for who they are regardless of if they are gay, straight or transgender.
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