Ben Cohen, the recently retired professional rugby player for England’s Sale Sharks, was interviewed on CNN in Atlanta while on a tour to promote awareness and eradication of bullying (as reported by a several blogs).
According to his website, Cohen travelled to Atlanta, New York, Washington, D.C., and Seattle as chairman of his own StandUp Foundation, an organization committed to ending bullying and homophobia in sports. Cohen met with various gay and gay friendly rugby clubs during his tour to share his message of equality and acceptance.
As a straight championship winning athlete, Cohen recognizes the influential position he holds in the world of sports and is using it for the benefit of LGBT people. Speaking about his work, Cohen told a group of Atlanta rugby players, “The reason why I got into this foundation, the reason why I want to eradicate homophobia in sports and bullying in general, is because I have quite a huge following and with that comes a responsibility; and it’s something that I could be in a privileged position to do something about…”
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