Sports group to name athlete of year

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The Atlanta Gay Sports Alliance will unveil its gay or lesbian jock of the year on Sunday, the inaugural event in what organizers hope will become an annual tradition.

The award will be unveiled during the group’s two-hour recruitment and meet-and-greet. Some 150 people attended a similar event last September and AGSA hopes to hold them quarterly to help its eight sports teams recruit new members and promote their upcoming seasons.

“We wanted people who had ordinary stories, who said they wanted to prove something to themselves,” Mike Horton, AGSA’s chair, says of the new award. “We wanted to honor people who had done that. Their exceptional abilities came from them being ordinary people who at one point decided to one day just go out and do it.”

My sports column in Southern Voice this week takes a look at the event and the three finalists for the Sportsperson of the Year award. Read the full story.

The column also takes a brief look at the Wednesday unveiling of the new name and logo of Atlanta’s WNBA franchise. In addition to the coverage on my blog (find it here), I also wrote a longer piece for sovo.com that you can find here.

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