Retired NBA Player Jason Collins recently was the keynote speaker for an AARP event that was hosted with SAGE and the City of Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs. Attendees spoke out about the importance of cultural sensitivity and diversity inclusion during a big table talk that was moderated by SAGECare Trainer, Terri Clark. Folks attended the event for the purpose of connecting with others and to learn more about the diversity within the local LGBT communities. Collins shared his own coming out experience story and it was one that many folks in the audience was able to relate to.
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 recently shared his “coming out” experience at a City of Philadelphia hosted an event with SAGE and the Office of LGBT Affairs, It was a liberating event for many who were there and it was comforting to hear from a professional athlete about his own challenges with his sexuality.
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