Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/12/15
From Press Release
Event Co-Founders Andrew Goldstein and Nick Welton in partnership with LacrosseAllStars.com and the You Can Play Project would like to invite you to be a part of the First Annual Courage Game.
What is the Courage Game? Simply put, the Courage Game is a lacrosse game, a symbol of the incredible spirit of the Creator’s Game. See more at Couragegame.org.
The purpose of the Courage Game is to encourage and support gay youth, rebuke bullying, and promote wider education and awareness for LGBT equality. Many times, these initiatives are sparked from tragedy; however, ours is a positive story of encouragement and a testament to the character of the lacrosse community around the country.
Who can play? This lacrosse game will be played with teams made of adult and youth players who are passionate about equality. Please visit our player registration page for more details.
Who can be involved? Everyone! We are fostering an inclusive environment for all who look to promote and advance our mission. Please subscribe to receive updates of our journey and share content along the way!
When and Where? The First Annual Courage Game is to be held over the NCAA Championship Weekend in Philadelphia.
First Annual Courage Game: 9 am-12 pm Sunday May 24, at Ace Adams Field – Penn Park, Philadelphia PA. Youth game starts at 9 am. Adult game starts at 10 am
How can you help? First and foremost, we would simply like your support in our mission. By fostering an inclusive spirit we will greatly impact the lives of young athletes across the country despite race, religion or sexual orientation. Please share updates of our progress with your friends and community.
Who was this event inspired by? Read about Braeden’s decision to go public.
If you would like to support the Courage Game financially, please visit the Donate page.
The event is inspired by 12-year-old Braeden of the Philly suburbs and created with the leadership of Andrew Goldstein, a research scientist, anti-bullying advocate and public speaker who earned 3-time All-Ivy League and 2-time NCAA Division I All American honors as a lacrosse goaltender at Dartmouth College. Goldstein came out to his lacrosse team after his sophomore season, and made headlines when he became the first openly gay man in the US to be drafted into a professional sports team (Boston Cannons). He later played with the Long Island Lizards and in 2013 he was inducted into the inaugural class of the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.
Event organizers want to be able to tell more stories like Braeden’s, one not of disaster, but of the power and impact a community can have on individuals who are struggling to be comfortable with themselves. We are hell-bent on changing lives and look forward to having you along on the journey. (Read the full story here)
“I thought, … I couldn’t do anything but doubt myself. It was a really dark time for me where I would even think about suicide. But then you came and you changed my life forever. Thank you for making me realize that I’m not alone.” – Braeden