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Advocating for Positive Change, On and Off the Fields

On Monday, we kicked off the week by welcoming our guest speaker, Andrew Goldstein, the first American male team-sport pro athlete to be openly gay during his playing career. Mr. Goldstein was a professional lacrosse goalie for the Long Island Lizards after finishing his college career as a two-time All-American lax player at Dartmouth. Today he is a research scientist, anti-bullying advocate, and public speaker.
“Before I came out, I did everything in my power to hide myself. And being good at sports was the perfect cover. People assume that if you’re playing one of those tough-guy sports, you’re straight,” he said. “I was always on alert, but once I was on the field, it was the opposite. I always felt free.” It was after his sophomore year of college that he came out to his teammates. “Those were the two scariest words to say: ‘I’m gay.’”
Fortunately, Mr. Goldstein found his teammates to be supportive, and as he spoke with the Cushing community, he offered suggestions for struggling individuals as well as for schools and their teams. “You have the opportunity to help create an environment where people can be themselves. For so long I wished I could be different than I was, but I realize now that I went through what I went through so that I can tell that next kid it will be OK. The struggle doesn’t have to last as long, and hope is just an Internet search away.” He also urged coaches to talk with their captains about being thoughtful of the words they use and to support team leaders in setting a positive and inclusive tone.

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Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.