Athlete Ally is set to honor Michael Sam at the second annual Action Awards. Other athletes that will be honored include Grant Hill and Dr. Renee Richards. The organization is honoring Michael Sam being that he became the first openly-gay athlete to play in the NFL.
Grant Hill will be honored based on his participation in an anti-bullying PSA video where he stated “words have meaning.” Former Tennis Player, Dr. Renee Richards helped the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) become more open to transgender women by successfully changing policies within the association.
Athlete Ally is a non-profit organization founded by former college athlete, Hudson Taylor, which provides public awareness, education, and resources for LGBT athletes. Taylor is not gay, but considers himself to be a straight ally for the community.
The awards will take place tomorrow night, Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, in New York City.