Tonight we spoke to Helen Carroll, Sports Project Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, about negative college sports recruiting based on perceived sexual orientation. Negative recruiting can come in the form of comments like, "You don't want to be on that college's women's basketball team. They don't date boys," or "I wouldn't trust a coach who isn't married." Carroll talked about the efforts that college sports organizations are making to end this type of recruiting and foster a welcoming environment for all student athletes.
Carroll co-wrote The Positive Approach: Recognizing, Challenging, and Eliminating Negative Recruiting Based on Actual or Perceived Sexual Orientation with Dr. Pat Griffin of the Women’s Sports Foundation. You can read the 22-page report by clicking here.
After we talked to Helen Carroll, we interviewed members of the Madison Minotaurs Rugby Club, a member of the International Gay Rugby Association and Board (IGRAB). They explained to us the difference between rugby and football (not much in common, apparently) and told us about their upcoming Rugby 101 workshop this weekend for anyone interested in learning more about rugby. Don't worry if you don't want to get tackled - this will not be part of the workshop.
Minotaurs Rugby 101 is 4-6 p.m. this Sunday at Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St., Madison, WI 53704. Wear gym clothes!