Athlete Ally Announcement -? Dallas Mavericks owner and philanthropist Mark Cuban joins the advisory board of Athlete Ally. Athlete Ally is a close partner of the NBA and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).
Cuban, an advocate of LGBT rights and gay inclusion in the NBA, has said he would be honored to have an openly gay player on the Mavericks. Cuban will advise Athlete Ally on its programming to help make sports a more welcoming environment for both LGBT athletes and fans.
“It’s a new world. Everyone should know that they can be themselves in sports. Leagues like the NBA, their teams and players have a great opportunity to set an example and spread a message to people who are either LGBT or straight that our culture should be celebrated for diversity and individual authenticity.”
Cuban’s decision to join Athlete Ally is lauded by pioneer and tennis great, Martina Navratilova, another member of the advisory board.
“As this movement grows, it is important that athletes know that they have the support of team ownership and coaches. Mark Cuban being a vocal ally does just that, especially through his commitment to the programmatic work of Athlete Ally. I hope other people in positions of power and influence take Mark?s lead to further this international culture shift.”
Hudson Taylor, Founder and Executive Director of Athlete Ally said, “Mark Cuban is known for fearlessly speaking his mind on this issue, and his vision and role with Athlete Ally go even deeper than that.? As an advisory board member, Mark is helping to shape the course and impact of our organization. We’re grateful for Mark?s support and excited to learn from him.”
As an official partner of the NBA and NBPA, Athlete Ally works with the league on player development, delivering trainings at the NBA Combine, the NBA & NBPA Annual Rookie Transition Program, along with workshops for the Team Player Development Directors. The organization also published a pioneering resource for the NBA in the spring of 2013.
On the Athlete Ally Advisory Board, Cuban joins Navratilova, Super Bowl Champion Brendon Ayanbadejo, LA Galaxy star Robbie Rogers, NBA Executive Kathy Behrens, NFL pioneer David Kopay, NFL Network commentator Mark Kriegel, The Tennis Channel sportscaster Brett Haber, journalist and commentator LZ Granderson, WTA icon Rennae Stubbs, President of the Minnesota United Football Club Nick Rogers, Cornell University professor Beth Livingston, international Greco-Roman wrestler Akil Patterson and The Jim Rome Show?s Erin Sharoni.
About Athlete Ally
Athlete Ally is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging athletes, coaches, parents, fans and other members of the sports community to respect all individuals involved in sports, regardless of perceived or actual sexual-orientation or gender identity or expression. Athlete Ally calls on the athletic community to use its status and influence to help stop anti-gay bullying by championing respect, camaraderie and inclusion in sports.