Wade Davis II to speak before Pride Night

Former NFL player and Executive Director of the You Can Play Project, Wade Davis, will speak in The Boardroom of the Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at 5:00pm on Saturday, January 11, prior to the 2nd Annual Pride Night with OSU Men’s Hockey that is being coordinated by Gay Hockey Ohio and The Ohio State University Department of Athletics.  The event will be moderated by Moritz College of Law student and OSU OutLaws co-chair Brooke Cartus.

Davis is a former NFL player who is one of a small number of openly gay men to have played professional sports. Davis played college football at Weber State before spending four years with NFL practice squads and in NFL Europe. In addition to his collegiate and professional sports background, Davis has spent the last two and a half years working with inner-city LGBTQ youth at the prestigious Hetrik-Martin Institute in New York City. This year, Davis co-founded the You Belong Initiative, which partnered with the NBA, You Can Play, and other LGBT Sports groups to provide the world’s first LGBTQ sports camp to inner city youth. A member of this year’s HBO “Out List”, Davis has written for the New York Times, Huffington Post, Outsports.com, and other major media outlets. Davis appears on the boards of the GLSEN Sports Project and Go! Athletes.

Davis will speak about a multitude of subjects, including being an openly gay man in professional sports, life experiences and journeys as well as the launch of the “High Five” initiative introduced by You Can Play, in an effort to create meaningful connections between LGBT youth and leaders within the professional sports community in which the National Football League is the first to participate.

Ohio State Hockey Pride Night tickets are required for admittance to the event.  Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased through January 3 at www.gayhockeyohio.com.  Free admission is available to OSU students with a current Buck-ID at the Southwest Rotunda the day of the event at the Schottenstein Center.

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