Over a dozen sports organizations have signed on to go purple for this year’s Spirit Day, helping ensure that the anti-bullying message is seen and heard around the country by fans of basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, wrestling and racing.
In addition to the NBA, WNBA, MLB, MLS, NASCAR Diversity, NHL, USA Track & Field and WWE there has been a wide range of Spirit Day passion from LGBT sports leagues across the country. Among the groups is the National Gay Basketball Association, an organization that links together dozens of local teams, which will go purple in support of Spirit Day on 10/19. The Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association, the largest non-profit gay sports organization in the Midwest, is encouraging their network of athletes to wear purple flair at games during this whole week. Additionally, the international organization that manages and sanctions the gay tennis circuit, the Gay & Lesbian Tennis Alliance, is urging their supporters to go purple through social media and on their website.
Lambda Basketball in Los Angeles and the New York Ramblers (soccer) have also pledged to bring attention to Spirit Day and its anti-bullying message. Check out our Spirit Day partner page to see the complete list of organizations that are going purple.
GLAAD thanks every league, team, and individual who has shown a commitment to making the world of sports a safe space for LGBT athletes and fans alike. That commitment will be on full display tomorrow during Spirit Day. See who else is going purple for Spirit Day here.
You can also get involved by downloading GLAAD’s Spirit Day resource kit, which contains tools to help turn your community purple in a stand against bullying. Spirit Day participants can also spread the word by telling their friends that they’re going purple on 10/19. Or, you can text PURPLE to 80888 to donate $5 to support the important work GLAAD,GLSEN and The Trevor Project do every day to end bullying and support LGBT youth.