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Keynote Speech Andrea Zimbardi: "Facing the Fear ... Being Out in
NCAA Division I Athletics"
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|Sat, Mar 27, 2004||
7:00 PM 9:00 PM||2
Speech: "Facing the Fear ... Being Out in NCAA
Division I Athletics"
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lesbian can live fully, free from discrimination. For the past 27
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individuals across the United States. NCLR is confronting
institutionalized homophobia in professional, collegiate and high
school athletics through a nationwide campaign with its newest
Homophobia in Sport Project.
Facing the Fear ... Being Out in NCAA Division I Athletics
Andrea Zimbardi, former University of Florida NCAA Division 1 softball
co-captain, will address obstacles keeping LGBT student-athletes in
the closet. Andrea's journey in being removed from the U. OF Fla's
softball team her senior year forced her to face the fear of being
'out' on the team. She will speak of the need for more sports
people-athletes-to take a stand ensuring fairness for ALL athletes.
Andrea's story exemplifies what freedoms and opportunities await the
'out' athlete and how they may materialize in ways never imagined.
Andrea is Four-time All-SEC Academic Honor Roll and former senior
co-captain of the University of Florida's softball team. A popular
and talented athlete who overcame two knee surgeries to earn a
starting position, Andrea hoped to play a key role in the Gator's
drive to an NCAA Championship during her senior year. Instead, she
was forced to watch from the sidelines as her allegations of
discrimination due to sexual orientation were deemed as disrupting
In Jan. of 2004 the University of Fla. settled a legal action with
Andrea represented by the National Center of Lesbian Rights in which
both parties agreed that further training of the U of F coaches,
staff and student-athletes concerning the rights of LGBT sports
personnel and student-athletes would better serve the University in
reaching the true potential of all athletes. Andrea now speaks
nationwide on the necessity for fairness and equal opportunity for
all athletes on and off the playing field.