SUPPORTING EQUALITY FOR ATHLETES WORLDWIDE
PROVIDENCE, RI – The Courage Game, a 501(c)3 charitable organization supporting awareness for LGBT equality, returns for its third annual event on May 28 at the Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island. The Game welcomes youth (U7-U13), high school, college, and adult (U30, U40, 50+) players to participate in a day of lacrosse celebrating inclusion and equality for all.
The Courage Game originated when a young, gay lacrosse player, Braeden Lange, was struggling with the burden of acceptance amongst his peers. While his parents were accepting Braeden struggled with friends at school until he reached out to a player he admired, Andrew Goldstein, who had come out as a student athlete at Dartmouth College. Soon after reaching out to Andrew, Braeden witnessed something magical as fellow players from all over the world began to contact him, show support, and share their own stories. This experience encouraged Braeden to conquer the challenges he faced and ignited the idea for the Courage Game.
I feel so confident in who I am and almost unstoppable because I’ve had so many people standing with me and encouraging me to be myself. I still fit in, I’m still the same person.
– Braeden Lange following the first Courage Game in 2015.
Today, the Courage Game has evolved to be much more than a single day of lacrosse. As a registered charitable organization, it collects donations year round to support its mission to encourage and support gay youth, rebuke bullying, and promote wider education and awareness for LGBT equality. All funds raised directly support the work to spread the mission, impact lives, and bring inclusivity to all youth sports.
Courage Game co-founder and executive director Nick Welton has been inspired by the impact of the Courage Game:
This experience has grown to be a real movement for young people. To be able to provide an outlet and a support system for the next generation of athletes, regardless of their situation, has meant so much to us. We look forward to seeing the Courage Game grow to include other sports and opportunities for inclusive activities.
Courage Game partners include Lacrosse All Stars, Nike Lacrosse, NXT Sports, Speed Lacrosse, and the You Can Play Project. Speed Lacrosse, founded by lacrosse great, Casey Powell, focuses on the game’s fundamentals while raising the bar for diverse multi-sport athleticism. Speed Lacrosse encourages participation by anyone, reducing barriers to entry and making lacrosse more accessible. The Courage Game partnered with Speed Lacrosse in an effort to “play fast with purpose.”
Registration for individual players and teams is open now at couragegame.org. Opportunities for donations and sponsorships are also available.
The 2017 Courage Game
Date: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Location: Moses Brown School (Providence, RI)
Time: To be announced
About The Courage Game
The Courage Game is a 501c3 charitable organization with a mission to encourage and support gay youth, rebuke bullying, and promote wider education and awareness for LGBT equality. Donations and all other funds raised go directly to supporting the work to spread our mission, impact lives, and bring inclusivity to all youth sports. Watch ESPN’s SC Featured special on The Courage Game here.