Compete Magazine Honors Connect Sports for LGBTQ Efforts

By Connect Sports Staff, November 14, 2017

Connect Sports was recognized as the 2017 Corporate Diversity Partner winner during the 8th Annual Compete Sports Diversity Awards, Nov. 10, in Kansas City, Mo. Also known as the Petey Awards, the Compete Magazine event recognizes contributions in “uniting the world through sports.” Compete Magazine specifically highlights the positive effect of Connect Sports’ work with the LGBTQ Sports Coalition, which connects LGBTQ sports planners with national suppliers.

“This award is an incredible honor for us,” says Patrick Higgins, Connect’s Vice President of Meetings and Events. “We pride Connect Sports on being at the forefront of working with the LGBTQ sporting community to bring out the best in all people through events. Rest assured, this recognition only reinforces our commitment to this important mission.”

Eric Carlyle, SDL, CEO of Compete’s parent company, MOL, notes Connect Sports is a pioneer in the sports tourism industry. “Connect was selected for this prestigious award because of their early support of the sports diversity movement,” says Carlyle. “We are proud to honor Connect because it was the first sports tourism entity to acknowledge the importance of LGBTQ+ events.”

Past winners of Petey Awards include JP Morgan Chase, MillerCoors, Lexus and Nike, among others. This year’s awards show will benefit the AIDS Services Foundation of Greater Kansas City and the NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series 2019. For more information on the awards, visit sportsdiversityawards.com.

Connect Sports’ recognition comes as registration is now open for the 2018 LGBTQ Events Summit in Portland, Oregon, Feb. 5-7. Robert Goman, Nike’s senior director of global retail brand visual presentation who developed Nike’s BETRUE campaign, will be the keynote speaker. For more information about the summit or to register, click here.

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