Athletics co-sponsors "Athlete Ally" event, on the theme of respect

LEWISTON, Maine -- The first Bates Pride Festival taking place this week will wrap up with an "Athlete Ally" event that will bring together the campus community, including student-athletes and coaches, at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Clifton Daggett Gray Athletic Building and on the Library Quad. The Bates athletic department co-sponsors the event.

Offering the opening address is Hudson Taylor, a former wrestler at the University of Maryland and now an assistant coach at Columbia University, who began an Athlete Allies initiative centered around athletes signing a pledge to respect and value individual differences both on and off the field.

The event will include a panel discussion on the theme "Respect for All Individuals," a group pledge signing, to take place inside the Gray "Cage", followed by a barbecue for participants on the Library Quad behind Chase Hall.

The Bates Pride Festival

The Bates student group OUTfront hosts the first Bates Pride Festival, which begins with an outdoor concert at noon Thursday, May 5, on the lawn at the student residence at 280 College St. The festival continues through May 12 with a poetry reading, a drag show, the Athlete Ally event and other programming.