Event Details
  September 12, 2013
  September 12, 2013
  Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, Montclair State University
The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center and Athlete Ally Unveil Groundbreaking Museum Ex Addressing Respect and “Allyship” in Sports.

As part of its partnership to help foster respect and combat prejudice in the sports community, the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center and Athlete Ally will unveil a pioneering new exhibit, “Allyship” on Thursday, Sept. 12.

The exhibit highlights signature moments in the ongoing struggle for racial, gender and LGBT equality in sports, from Pee Wee Reese’s supportive embrace of Jackie Robinson in the wake of racial hostilities in 1947 to Jason Collins coming out as the first male gay athlete of a major team sport earlier this year.

“Allyship” is designed to educate and inspire visitors about the importance of challenging bias or oppression by taking appropriate action that helps promote social change.  As sports tend to reflect society, it, too, has hardly been immune from racism, sexism, bullying, homophobia and other forms of discrimination.

Yet the activism and support of some notable sports figures – including baseball legend Ted Williams, who lobbied for recognition of Negro League players during his Hall of Fame induction in 1966 and Gary Player, the South African golfer who befriended Lee Elder, an African-American, in his apartheid-divided homeland – have helped effect change.

Their stories are included in the exhibit, as well as the active allyship of former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, now a member of Athlete Ally’s Board of Directors, who publicly condemned the homophobic comments of an opponent prior to last year’s Super Bowl.

“We are extremely proud to present this exhibit reflecting the ideals of Allyship,” said Dave Kaplan, director of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center. “The stories are rather profound, each ally doing their part to change the inequities in sport and, in effect, society. Their efforts  perfectly mirror the overall awareness-raising by our friends at Athlete Ally.”

“This exhibit  is not only testimony to the great value of allyship in sports and society, it also speaks to the character and ideals of Yogi Berra himself,” said Hudson Taylor, founder and executive director of Athlete Ally. “We are grateful that Yogi shares the vision that being a good ally is ultimately about showing respect for your teammates and respect for the game that you play."

The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center and Athlete Ally are also partnering on a series of workshops and trainings designed to help young people learn how to be an effective ally and foster inclusion in sports.

To contact the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center:

Dave Kaplan
Director, Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center
On campus of Montclair State University
(973) 655-6891

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To contact Athlete Ally:

Sam Marchiano
Outreach Director
(917) 913-9473

Hudson Taylor
Founder and Executive Director, Athlete Ally
(609) 712-4306

Also connect with Athlete Ally on Twitter:
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