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Jason Collins

Athlete// NBA Cares Ambassador

A retired 13-year NBA veteran, Jason Collins has played center for seven teams. After the 2012-13 NBA season concluded, Collins publicly came out as gay in a cover story for Sports Illustrated, becoming the first male active player in any of the four major American professional sports to announce that he is gay.

Collins has traveled the country with the mission of empowering people to live their lives as their true selves and has become an active member of numerous charities, foundations, and organizations.

Under the Obama administration, Collins served on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. Since retiring from playing, Collins has become a NBA Cares Ambassador — spreading goodwill on behalf of the NBA with its players, community, and corporate partners.

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Events featuring Jason Collins
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