Nets Organization honoring GLSEN with the Second Annual Jason Collins Award

Nets Organization Honors GLSEN

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Nets Organization honoring GLSEN with the Second Annual Jason Collins Award 

New York, NY (January 17, 2018) - Tonight, the Brooklyn Nets will honor GLSEN, the leading national education organization working to create safe and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 schools, with the Jason Collins Award during the team’s second-annual Pride Night.

The annual award was first presented to Jason Collins at the Nets’ inaugural Pride Night. Executive Director Eliza Byard will be in attendance to receive the award on behalf of GLSEN. The Jason Collins Awards for Courage and Leadership honors LGBTQ individuals or organizations for the courage and leadership on issues of LGBTQ inclusion.

“It is a profound honor for GLSEN to receive an award named for Jason Collins. As a player, Jason was, by all accounts, a remarkable teammate. As the first athlete to come out while active in one of the top professional leagues in the U.S., he was and is a pioneer. As a black man taking that step, Jason was a true trailblazer. Jason’s declaration provided a new opening for black LGBTQ youth and all LGBTQ youth of color seeking to see their experience more clearly and specifically reflected among LGBTQ luminaries.” said Byard.

“GLSEN seeks to support and amplify the power of LGBTQ youth, and to provide a clear path to learning, well-being, and opportunity for all K-12 students, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity. This week is GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week (, a national campaign in which educators and students speak out about the damaging effects of name-calling of all kinds. It is an honor to work each day to support such tremendous leaders in communities across the country, and I am incredibly proud to accept the Jason Collins Award on behalf of GLSEN educators, students, and parents nationwide.” concluded Byard.

Tonight’s presentation will take place during The Nets’ annual Pride Night, an evening celebrating diversity and inclusion as the team heads off with the San Antonio Spurs at the Barclays Center. The Pride Night celebration will feature prominent members and allies of the LGBTQ community participating in a pre-game awareness panel and special in-game entertainment.

The pregame panel will be an open discussion to raise awareness for LGBTQ diversity, equality, and community. The panel will include Jason Collins, former Nets player, and the NBA's first active openly gay player; Kaz Mitchell, Co-Executive Director, Circle of Voices, Inc.; Eliza Byard, Executive Director, GLSEN; and ESPNW’s Katie Barnes. The panel will be moderated by Hudson Taylor, Founder & Executive Director of Athlete Ally.

GLSEN is recognized worldwide as an innovative leader in the fight for equity for LGBTQ students in K-12 schools and produces numerous resources to help stop harassment and discrimination in our nation’s schools, such as Changing the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project.

Fans are encouraged to show support on social media throughout the night by using #NetsPrideNight.



Founded in 1990, GLSEN is the leading national education organization creating safe and inclusive K-12 schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. With 39 chapters in 27 states, GLSEN students, educators, and parents stop bullying and harassment in our nation’s schools by passing comprehensive policies, training teachers to create safer classrooms, expanding access to LGBTQ- inclusive curriculum, and supporting student-led LGBTQ clubs. The GLSEN New York City chapter invites you to get involved locally at