If anyone can relate to Jason Collins, it’s Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts, a former National Basketball Association chief marketing officer who says the first openly gay male athlete in a major U.S. team sport can cash in by coming out.
By the time former Phoenix Suns executive Rick Welts’s I-am-gay announcement appeared on the front page of the May 15, 2011, New York Times, he already had revealed his secret to friends, co-workers and business associates.
“Next time the football field,” warned Michael Gallagher, president and chief executive of the Entertainment Software Association, after beating star quarterback Drew Brees at a video golf game by EA Sports on Xbox 360.
Donna de Varona was a double Olympic swimming champion at 17, and retired soon after because of a lack of professional or college options. Almost 50 years later, she’s working to ensure women don’t face the same hurdles.
Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands said she’s retiring as a professional wheelchair tennis player after winning 470 straight matches during the last 10 years and a total of 169 tournament championships.
Martina Hingis defeated Timea Babos, a Hungarian teenager ranked 66th in the world, 5-3 in World Team Tennis on Randall’s Island last week, as snippets of Journey and Pearl Jam were broadcast between points.