The left-leaning protestant denomination United Church of Christ announced that it will sponsor the sporting event "Gay Games 9" in August as the first mainline denomination to provide major financial support.
The event, which takes place every four years and attracts LGBT athletes, will be hosted in Cleveland, Ohio, home of the UCC's national headquarters, where church leaders will help organize events for 30,000 participants in an effort to embrace the LBGT community.
"Serving as a major sponsor of Gay Games 9 is a perfect fit because of the UCC's longstanding commitment to social justice issues," said the Rev. Dr. J. Bennett Guess, a UCC national officer and its first openly-gay church executive, in a statement. "We pride ourselves on being a bold voice for progressive Christianity and look forward to offering the UCC's trademark 'extravagant welcome' to the athletes, volunteers and spectators." more >>
Baylor center Isaiah Austin was expected to be among those included in the upcoming NBA draft before he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome. Austin, who is also legally blind in his right eye, announced earlier this week that he would be forced to quit basketball.
But rather than feel sorry for himself as a victim of a disease that affects the body's connective tissue and has potentially fatal affects, Austin, who goes by "God's Child" on Twitter, praised and thanked God.
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Former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano accepted the head coaching position with the Indianapolis Colts in 2012; but not long after his first season, he was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia and was hospitalized for treatment.
His story of faith and recovery, while leading the Colts during his time of crisis, and of the immense support he received from family, friends, and the team are documented in his new book, Sidelined: Overcoming Odds through Unity, Passion and Perseverance.
Coauthored by Bruce A. Tollner, in Sidelined Pagano documents his experiences undergoing chemotherapy while leading the Colts to the playoffs, and of being strengthened by the triumvirate of "faith, family, and football." more >>
NBA superstar and Miami Heat player Lebron James will exercise his early termination option and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 according to his agent Richie Paul, and some NBA fans thinks it's a move to bring the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony to Miami.
James' decision was first reported by ESPN.
According to the report, becoming an unrestricted free agent does not mean that James has decided to leave the Heat. Neither the team nor James have made any public announcement about the decision which James had until June 30 to make. He was expected to earn $20 million with the Heat next season. more >>
The Robertson men of "Duck Dynasty" are set to compete in the upcoming Greenbrier Classic golf tournament alongside Christian pro-golfer Bubba Watson in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia next weekend. The announcement of the reality show family's participation comes shortly after famed athlete Tiger Woods pulled out of the tournament, citing health reasons.
Willie and Jase Robertson of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" will be participating in the Pro-Am tournament at The Greenbrier Classic on Wednesday, July 2. The Robertson brothers will be playing alongside Watson, who won the 2014 Master's Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, and Jim Justice, the owner of The Greenbrier resort.
A Native American group is preparing to file a federal lawsuit against the Cleveland Indians baseball team, requesting they change their "offensive" name and mascot, describing them as disparaging toward Native American populations. The lawsuit comes after five Native Americans won a trademark lawsuit against the Washington Redskins regarding its name.
Robert Roche, leader of the group People Not Mascots, told NBC News that his group will be filing a federal lawsuit challenging the Cleveland Indians' name and mascot, Chief Wahoo. The lawsuit is expected to be filed by late July, and contends that the mascot that includes a red face, large smile, and feather, be changed out of sensitivity for the Native American culture.
"It's been offensive since day one," Roche, a member of the Chiricahua Apache tribe, recently told NBC News. "We are not mascots. My children are not mascots. We are people." more >>