Clarendon Steps Up Off the Court for PRIDE

By Roberta Courtright | June 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – It has truly been a week to be proud to be Indiana Fever fans! And a week never to be forgotten by the second year Fever guard Layshia Clarendon, who was named one of the Grand Marshals of the 2014 Indy Pride Parade. Clarendon is stepping up as an advocate in our community for inclusion, acceptance, and equality, and is passionate about supporting Indy Youth Group.

Clarendon started the week off showing her Pet Pride at Garfield Park and encouraging the community to come to the Fever Diversity Night game on June 11. Then, after her clutch performance in the Fever’s comeback win over the Seattle Storm, she spoke to Fever Fans along with Head Coach Lin Dunn, Chris Morehead of Indy Pride and Chris Paulsen of Indiana Equality Action about the importance of equality. Coach Dunn expressed her sincere pride in what Clarendon is doing to help this next generation to be accepting of all, telling the crowd, “Layshia is going to save lives!” As Clarendon entered the WNBA in 2013, she made it known that she wanted to step up for the LGBT community in Indiana and has already made her mark.

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And to end this monumental week Clarendon sat in a jeep, her teammates with her to support and strolled off in the Indy Pride Parade asI Grand Marshal.

“I am honored!” Clarendon said of the honor. “It will be a great experience for all of us to join together in community for a common goal and make a stand for equality and acceptance. We all deserve to belong and be loved.”

Pure joy was seen on her face as the crowd cheered her on as we celebrate PRIDE. Fever Fans came with their Fever gear on and WNBA PRIDE shirts to express their gratitude for what the WNBA, the Indiana Fever, and Layshia are doing for the community. Dunn wasn’t able to be there with Clarendon due to her induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (another reason to be proud to be a Fever fan), but she was there in spirit and her face could be seen riding with Clarendon as her mask face on a stick, Wednesday night’s game give-a-way, was placed in the vehicle.

Indy’s Pride Week has always been designed to bring people from all walks of life together in a safe and healthy family-friendly space, where open and honest dialogue can entrench existing allies even as it enlists new ones. Circle City IN Pride is Indy Pride’s Annual Week of Events, taking place every June as a fundraiser for the organization’s causes and in support of many other organizations in Central Indiana.

On May 21, the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) tipped off WNBA Pride presented by COVERGIRL, a new national platform celebrating inclusion and equality, while combating anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) bias. The WNBA being the first professional sports league to establish an integrated marketing, media, grassroots and social responsibility program for the LGBT community.

The Fever are back in action in Indianapolis after a weeklong road trip celebrating Daddy/Daughter Date Night on Wednesday, June 25 when they take on Notre Dame standout Skylar Diggins and the Tulsa Shock tipping off at 7pm. Tickets are available at feverbasketball.com.

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