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First Openly Gay Player in Major League Sports

Former NBA Player

Equality Advocate

A retired 13-year NBA veteran, Jason Collins has played center for six teams including New Jersey, Memphis, Minnesota, Atlanta, Boston, Washington, and the Brooklyn Nets (formerly the New Jersey Nets). Doc Rivers, who coached Collins during his time with the Boston Celtics, said of Collins: “He’s the best. He literally is one of the best guys I’ve ever had in the locker room, player or coach.” In his 13 years in the league, Collins’ teams earned 10 trips to the playoffs, including 2 NBA Finals appearances.

After the 2012-13 NBA season concluded, Collins publicly came out as gay in a cover story for Sports Illustrated, becoming the first male active player in any of the four major American professional sports to announce that he is gay. President Obama expressed his gratitude to Collins for his courageous announcement and said he “couldn’t be prouder” of Collins, recognizing this as a point of progress for the LGBT community, and one more step in America’s goal to treat everyone fairly and with respect. Collins has traveled the country with the mission of empowering people to live their lives as their true selves and has become an active member of numerous charities, foundations, and organizations. 

Under the Obama administration, Collins served on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, which works to motivate Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle via physical activity and nutrition. Since retiring from playing, Collins has become a NBA Cares Ambassador — spreading goodwill on behalf of the NBA with its players, community, and corporate partners. 

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Jason was a class act! He was so down to earth and so warm with the attendees. He was on an amazing panel. The whole topic was on psychological safety, and he contributed fabulously to it. He had an incredible perspective on the subject given his experience (obviously). He brought some excitement to the stage and the floor. His story and how he delivered it was perfect. He was also gracious with his time afterwards to take some pics with fans.

- Kaiser Permanente

Jason was a class act! He was so down to earth and so warm with the attendees. He was on an amazing panel. The whole topic was on psychological safety, and he contributed fabulously to it. He had an incredible perspective on the subject given his experience (obviously). He brought some excitement to the stage and the floor. His story and how he delivered it was perfect. He was also gracious with his time afterwards to take some pics with fans.

- Kaiser Permanente

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