NBA’s First Openly Gay Athlete Jason Collins spoke at the Rookie Transition Program last week about showing support for teammates who live a homosexual lifestyle. The founder of the non-profit organization Athlete Ally, Hudson Taylor, joined Collins to educate the newest members of the NBA on the subject. In the world we live in today, more and more athletes are starting to feel comfortable coming out about their sexual orientation so this is going to be a good thing for the league in the long run. Collins was the first NBA player to come out as being gay, and now he is advocate for the program as he has been stated that educating others is the first vital step to awareness and acceptance.
The California native got his basketball career started when he played for Stanford between the years of 1997-2001. Collins then entered the 2001 NBA Draft and was selected as the 18th overall pick by the Houston Rockets but was traded to the New York Nets where he played for his first seven professional seasons. Over his time in the NBA he also played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards and the Brooklyn Nets. Collins has a twin brother, Jarron, who was a professional basketball player as well.
Collins teamed up with Hudson Taylor to inform the newest players in the NBA about being open minded and supportive of their teammates who live an alternative lifestyle. When they spoke at the Rookie Transition Program this summer, they were pleased that so many rookie players were accepting and attentive to their presentation.
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