It’s not always easy to be the first to do anything, but for UMass basketball player, Derrick Gordon, it’s freeing.
Last month, Gordon became the first NCAA basketball player to announce he is gay.
And this month, TPEPost.com is proud to announce that Division I college basketball player Derrick Gordon has been named TPEPost.com Hero of the Month for May 2014.
Gordon was chosen for the courage and leadership he displayed when he announced that he is gay.
Gordon announced that he is gay to his family and teammates a few days before his public announcement which he made via ESPN.
His teammates were supportive of his decision. “Those guys just helped me get to where I am right now. If it wasn’t for them, I’d be stuck. For this to be happening right now, me coming out, it’s an indescribable feeling, honestly. I couldn’t be any happier. I feel like I can fly,” Gordon said.
“I wasn’t sure we should continue to honor people because they are gay, but Derrick is more than just gay. He’s a pioneer in collegiate basketball and that’s one arena we’ve not seen many gays and lesbians make a regular appearance,” said Trish Brown, publisher of TPEPost.com and Founder of TippingPointEducation.com as well as TPEMultiMedia.com, “I am proud of him for his bravery to be himself and to show others they can be brave too.”
Brown was the first openly lesbian school board president in Michigan, when she served for the Wayne-Westland school board from 1996 – 1997.
Only as recent as the summer of 2013 did Jason Collins become the first openly-gay player to actively play in any of the four major America sports leagues (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB), so this is a huge step for the LGBT community. Collins is a professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets.
Gordon started his collegiate career at Western Kentucky University in the 2011 – 2012 season. He averaged 11.8 points per game as a freshman and received All-Sun Belt Conference third team honors.
After his successful freshman campaign, Gordon transferred to the University of Massachusetts because of a change in coaching staff at WKU. Per NCAA rules, Gordon had to sit out 1 year and miss the 2012 – 2013 season.
After Gordon’s probationary period ended, he averaged 9.4 points this year during his Sophomore season and scored a career high 22 points during a game against Nebraska. UMasswas a six seed in this year’s NCAA March Madness tournament, but was upset in the first round by a physical 11 seeded Tennessee.
Below is Derrick Gordon’s official announcement of his sexuality: