Two of the major sports leagues, the National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB), went purple during games scheduled for Spirit Day.
Major League Baseball went purple in a big way. The profile pictures of MLB and all official team Twitter accounts had purple outlines. Most teams tweeted messages of support for SpiritDay or shared on official Facebook pages.
During the game between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers, according to an article on MLB.com which featured players speaking out against bullying, a sellout crowd was "prompted on the scoreboard and over a public-address announcement to learn more about the day's meaning and how to be involved."
"Everyone deserves acceptance and tolerance regardless of race, sexual orientation, ethnicity or religious beliefs," Atlanta Braves right fielder Justin Upton told EDGE. "If you are being bullied, you should know you are not alone. You should also know it is not your fault. Please confide in someone: Your parents, your teacher, a friend. It's important to let someone know you are hurting. And if you know or see someone being bullied, do something about it."
"By going purple for Spirit Day and taking a stand against bullying, Major League Baseball continues to show its strong commitment to opening up the game for all fans and players," said GLAAD's Wilson Cruz. "We're hopeful that fans of the sport and hopeful young players who see this message will be inspired to participate in their own way by sharing the league's support for LGBT youth."
But it wasn't just MLB that got into the game day Spirit Day spirit. During the NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals Thursday Night Football sports commentators all wore purple. They also mentioned Spirit Day during the broadcasts. A special thanks to Cyd Zeigler and Outsports for their work with the NFL and breaking this news! Here you can see Brad Nessler and Mike Mayock wearing purple ribbons, as well as Alex Flanagan donning purple.
"By taking a stand against bullying and voicing support for LGBT youth, the NFL is sending a powerful message to sports fans everywhere: homophobia has no place in the game," said GLAAD's Wilson Cruz. "Leagues including MLB, MLS, NHL, the NFL and the NBA, along with other sports groups, are redefining what it means to be part of the team today for Spirit Day."
On October 17, 2013, celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Ashton Kutcher, Betty White, Demi Lovato, Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Cannon, Kristen Bell, Macklemore, Melissa Etheridge, WWE Superstar Darren Young and more went purple for the fourth annual Spirit Day. Eric McCormack & Debra Messing also wore purple ribbons during a Will & Grace reunion – as did TLC's Stacy London - on TODAY. Hosts of shows including Access Hollywood, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, Extra, Good Morning America and the Wendy Williams Show also wore purple and spoke about Spirit Day on-air. The White House sent out messages of support on Twitter and tumblr. Sports leagues including Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the NBA, the NFL, the NHL and the WNBA participated on social media. And companies like American Eagle Outfitters, NBCUniversal, MTV, The Coca-Cola Company and Johnson & Johnson took a stand, along with hundreds of landmarks, schools, faith groups, media outlets, companies, and organizations. Facebook and Twitter users turned their profile photos purple and posted photos of classmates and coworkers wearing purple, and their messages of support for LGBT youth made #SpiritDay trend on Twitter.
Founded in 2010, Spirit Day is an international, united stand against bullying and show of support for LGBT teens and young adults everywhere. As we look back on Spirit Day 2013, please continue to spread the message and take action against bullying:
- Take a look at photos of who went purple to support LGBT youth
- Upload your own photos of you wearing purple to our website.
- Add your photos to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr using hashtag #SpiritDay
- Taking action to stand against bullying year round
Thanks for helping make Spirit Day 2013 a success!