Show Your Sport to host discussion featuring prominent speakers
Show Your Sport, the initiative that rallies student-athletes to engage in student-led activism, will host a discussion on Monday, April 11, on LGBTQ inclusivity within athletics and the classroom. Featuring author and ESPN columnist Kate Fagan and Kristin Russo, CEO and editor in chief of the website “Everyone is Gay,” the program begins at 8 p.m. in Filene Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
Kate Fagan is a panelist and columnist for ESPN as well as a former D-I basketball player at University of Colorado, Boulder. She has appeared on ESPN's "Around the Horn" and "His & Hers" on ESPN2. She is the author of The Reappearing Act and is currently working on a forthcoming book about the mental health of student-athletes that was inspired by the ESPN piece "Split Image".
Kristin Russo also is host of the PBS Digital Series "First Person," and co-author of This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids, the CEO and co-founder of "The Parents Project," a digital platform resource for parents. She has a master's in gender studies from CUNY Manhattan and tours college campus around the country talking about LGBTQ issues. Her work has been featured on Newsweek, CNN, Time, "The Ellen Show," and more.
Led by members of Skidmore’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Show Your Sport unites student-athletes around pressing social issues. The 2015-2016 campaign aims to bolster the visibility of and ally-ship for the LGBTQ athletic community. Last spring Show Your Sport first gained traction through student-led educational presentations, poster campaigns, and social media outlets through which Show your Sport educated over 136 student athletes from 16 varsity teams about LGBTQ issues. This year, conversations have continued within small group dialogues, alumni fundraising, and team events on National Coming Out Day.
Sponsors of the April 11 event are the Office of Student Affairs, OSDP, Health and the Exercise Science Department, the English Department, the Gender Studies Department, MDOCS, Skidmore News, Speaker’s Bureau, SGA, SAAC, the Skidmore Pride Alliance, and the Department of Athletics.