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LGBT SportSafe SAAC Mobile Video Challenge
Congratulations to the 2018 SAAC Challenge winners, UCLA and Fayetteville State University! The inaugural LGBT SportSafe SAAC Challenge was a huge success as videos were shared around the world as student-athletes expressed the importance of being champions of respect in college athletics. To find out how your SAAC can join the movement to make college athletics LGBT SportSafe, visit the SAAC Challenge website. The video submission date for participants in the 2019 SAAC Challenge is Tuesday, March 19, 2019. #WeAreLGBTSportSafe
Out In The Community
2018 NCAA Inclusion Forum
LGBT SportSafe co-founders, Nevin Caple and Dr. Eric Lueshen, led a session titled, “Building an Inclusive Athletic Department with LGBT SportSafe”. Attendees explored best practices and policies for LGBTQ inclusion, while gaining a better understanding of inclusive language and how to support student-athletes of all orientations. More than 470 higher education and intercollegiate athletics leaders and student-athletes joined the NCAA Office of Inclusion in Indianapolis at the JW Marriott for the seventh annual NCAA Inclusion Forum. For more information on the NCAA Inclusion Forum, click here:
Common Ground IV
Brigham Young University hosted Common Ground IV to explore how representatives of LGBTQ and faith-based communities can work more cohesively in college sports and higher education. LGBT SportSafe Co-founders, Nevin Caple and Dr. Eric Lueshen, were among the 60+ individuals in attendance. Participants included student-athletes, conference commissioners, athletic directors and administrators, LGBTQ advocacy and faith leaders from around the country. The main goal of Common Ground is to establish inclusive and respectful athletic environments for participants of all sexual orientations, gender identities and religious beliefs.
Campus & Athletic Conference Programming
LGBT SportSafe Co-founders, Nevin Caple and Dr. Eric Lueshen, have been all over the country assisting the following campuses with inclusion strategy development and implementation:
Bowie State University
Brigham Young University
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA)
Florida State University
Kennesaw State University
Mountain East Conference
Penn State University
Texas Tech University
University of Colorado-Boulder
University of Illinois
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Oregon
University of South Carolina
Virginia State University
West Virginia University
Winston-Salem State University
LGBT SportSafe Member Spotlights
Northwestern Athlete Alliance joined LGBT SportSafe for its second annual LGBT & Ally Inclusion Kickball Game. The kickball game featured a team of student-athletes versus a team comprised of Northwestern Department of Athletics and Recreation (NUDAR) coaches and staff. In addition to a spirited game of kickball, attendees heard messages from LGBT SportSafe co-founder Dr. Eric Lueshen, student-athletes, and coaches on the importance of the Northwestern Athlete Alliance and NUDAR’s support of the LGBTQ+ community.
Soka University Athletics
Soka Athletics continues to be a shining example of inclusion in the NAIA. Not only has Soka undergone sports-specific LGBTQ inclusion training, but they have also taken the initiative to create their very own LGBT SportSafe Student-Athlete Pledge. The pledge speaks to how student-athletes will work to create an inclusive environment for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Soka also hosted their first LGBT SportSafe Pride Night for both men’s and women’s soccer teams on Sept. 29, 2018. All fans received a Soka Athletics rainbow bracelet.
CIAA Conference and America East Conference
Both the CIAA and America East Conferences have shown an unparalleled commitment to diversity and inclusion in sport. Through programming initiatives, social media campaigns and policy implementation, both conferences are providing ongoing support for student-athletes in the areas of LGBTQ inclusion, mental wellness, student-athlete activism and more.
Resa Lovelace, Founders Club Chair
We would like to send a special thank you to Resa Lovelace, Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development at University of Maryland. Prior to Maryland, Resa was responsible for student-athlete development at University of Oregon. Resa serves as Founders Club Chair helping LGBT SportSafe meet the evolving needs of the athletic community through her engagement with the SAAC Challenge and various initiatives. We couldn’t do this important work without you, Resa!