From University of Missouri football star, where he earned the distinctions of SEC Defensive Player of the Year and Consensus All American, to celebrated trailblazer and NFL free agent, Michael Sam made history when he came out as gay ahead of the NFL draft, making him the first openly-LGBT player to be drafted in any major American sport. Since his announcement, through scrutiny, criticism and unreserved admiration, he has become an icon and pioneer for the LGBT community, and for inclusion in sports.
Revered for his unswerving courage, graciousness and fortitude, Sam offers firsthand insight into leveraging individual personal strengths to pursue one’s dreams, and inspiring perspective on what it means to work hard to define and achieve success.
Please join me in welcoming Michael Sam!
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