ChicagoThe Chicago Sky and retired NBA trailblazer Jason Collins will host Diversity and Inclusion celebrations July 6-8, 2017.
Collins became the first active male athlete in any of the four major American professional leagues to publicly announce he was gay in a Sports Illustrated story following the 2012-13 NBA season and has since become an advocate for inclusion in athletics. In April 2014, Collins was featured on the cover of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Now serving as an NBA Global Ambassador and diversity advocate, Collins will join the Sky in Chicago, June 6-8 to take part in community events. The first private event will be a meet and greet panel with Collins and Imani Boyette to discuss, "Facing Adversity Through Sports," moderated by Stephen Bardo on Thursday, July 6. The event will be hosted at Midtown Athletic Club and The Hotel at Midtown in Chicago.
On Friday, July 7 from 7:30-9 a.m., Collins will participate in a Breakfast Networking, Meet and Greet event with the LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron St, Chicago. Collins will also take part in a Q&A and Meet and Greet session with members of the Center on Halsted and Sky fans on Saturday, July 8 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Skyline Room at Allstate Arena.