Pride Hoops Night

February 9, 2018

It was a success for both Setter Basketball and the Pace community on Wednesday, Jan. 31st when the Pace Athletics Department teamed up with the LGBTQA Center to host  the second annual Pride Hoops Night inside the Goldstein Fitness Center. In conjunction with the Blue and Gold's doubleheader versus AIC, the Pace community came together for a special night to celebrate its inclusiveness and diversity.

Representatives from eight different organizations across campus, including the Pace office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs and the LGBTQA Center, and others within the local community, co-sponsored the event and were in attendance during the night. This year's promotions and entertainment featured a free t-shirt giveaway, a live national anthem performance by Pace student Meaghan Brown, a drag performance, halftime contests and the presentation of the LGBTQ Leadership Award to Pace faculty member, Dr. Jim Stenerson. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the doubleheader were donated to Center Lane, a local resource center for LGBTQ youth in Westchester County.

Pace Athletics, which was awarded "Gold Medallion" status from LGBT SportSafe in 2017, has made it a mission over the last few years to create a more inclusive athletics community and an environment of respect for LGBTQ student-athletes. This new tradition began in 2016, following the tragedy at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, as a way to make a bold and positive statement to address hate and show that Pace is a welcoming and supportive institution to the LGBT community.

"I love that we have continued the tradition of Pride Hoops," said Rachel Simon, the Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs and LGBTQQ Coordinator. "It is a great opportunity for Athletics and the LGBTQA Center to partner and show the Pace community our shared values. It sends a great message of support both from the athletics department to queer identified community members and from the LGBTQA center to student-athletes."

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