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NCAA Division III announces LGBTQ OneTeam Recognition Award recipients

Student-athlete, coach, university honored for efforts

A student-athlete, a coach and a university were recognized as the inaugural Division III LGBTQ OneTeam Recognition Award winners at the NCAA Convention in January.

“The student-athletes, athletics department staff and institutions or conferences doing this work are critical to making athletics a space where all LGBTQ identified folks have a right to be their authentic selves,” said Neil Virtue, Division III LGBTQ Working Group chair and swimming coach at Mills. “This ultimately will make them better student-athletes, coaches, administrators and institutions. These inaugural winners are proof the valuable work of all those that came before this time was critical to the continued journey of acceptance for the LGBTQ community in athletic spaces.”

The following winners were announced:  

2020 Division III LGBTQ Student-Athlete of the Year Award: Kenadeed Gilmour, men’s basketball, Hamilton.

The award honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence and service/leadership of LGBTQ student-athletes.

Gilmour said he grew up without seeing many gay role models in athletics. He believes being open about being gay and speaking at events can help others know they’re not alone. “There is more than one instance where someone has come up to me and said, ‘Hey, I’m not comfortable, you know, being open to my identity to the world, but, you know, seeing you being open about who you are has really been inspiring to me,’” Gilmour said. Watch video of Gilmour discussing his thoughts about the award.  

2020 Division III LGBTQ Administrator-Staff-Coach of the Year Award: Hillary Arthur, women’s soccer head coach, Willamette.

The award honors the service, leadership and promotion of LGBTQ inclusion by an LGBTQ athletics administrator, coach or staff member.

Arthur said support, understanding and inclusion are important to student-athletes. “Advocating for that and really letting them know that they are seen and supported is why I do the work that I do,” she said. She noted her involvement in the NCAA Inclusion Forum and said working with the Willamette Trans Advocacy Committee has been inspiring. Watch video of Arthur talking about what the award means to her.

2020 Division III LGBTQ Athletics Department-Conference of the Year Award: Bridgewater State.

The award honors an athletics department or conference office that has demonstrated proactive efforts to create and sustain an LGBTQ-inclusive culture.

Bridgewater State Athletics Director Marybeth Lamb said the university has worked closely with the LGBTQ community and the Bridgewater State Pride Center to support the “intersectionality of student-athletes” and is developing a student advisory board for diversity and inclusion. She also said the university’s transgender student-athlete policy was among the first in the region and noted the university’s efforts to provide a safe, inclusive environment. Watch video of Lamb discussing the award and the university’s efforts.

Initiated by the Division III LGBTQ Working Group, the award program was unveiled during the LGBTQ and Allies Reception at the 2020 NCAA Convention. For more on the award, click here.

The selection committee reviewed about 40 nominations and conducted two rounds of evaluations to identify a standout nominee in each category. The list of final nominees was announced in September and can be viewed here.