Celebrate PRIDE with the Sky!

The Sky hosts a Pride game each season and this year the Pride event is taking place in partnership with Equality Illinois, Grab Magazine, Human Rights Campaign, WCPT Radio, Northern Trust Bank, the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association, and the Deratany Firm. WNBA President Laurel J. Richie will also be in attendance for this historic game and fans are invited to take advantage of an exclusive Pride ticket package that includes the 2014 Sky Pride t-shirt.

Nike, as part of their #BETRUE campaign, has generously donated #BETRUE t-shirts for the first 2500 fans at the game. Fans can also share their stories of how they #BETRUE and one lucky winner will be selected to receive a #BETRUE T-shirt autographed by the entire Sky team. Fans who attend the game can also visit the #BETRUE station on the concourse of Allstate Arena and sign the Nike #BETRUE banner to receive a t-shirt.

After the game, the Sky will host a networking event and panel discussion featuring Athlete Ally Founder and Executive Director Hudson Taylor, former Stanford guard Toni Kokenis, ESPN.com national baseball editor Christina Kahrl and Sky forward Jessica Breland. The panel will discuss, among other things, why LGBT respect and inclusion in sports is important, the obstacles that prevent athletes from feeling comfortable and tips for how panel attendees can make their athletic communities more inclusive.

Taylor is a former All-American wrestler who set the school record for most wins at the University of Maryland before transitioning to coaching and founding Athlete Ally. Athlete Ally works to foster an environment of acceptance in the world of sports, and to “uphold the core principle of respect in athletics,” according to their website.

Kokenis played 91 games for the Stanford women’s basketball team over three seasons and averaged 7.7 points and 2.4 assists per game before she was forced to retire in 2013 due to concussions. She founded Stanford’s athlete-ally student group and helped produce the university’s “You Can Play” video to fight homophobia and transphobia in athletics. She also co-founded We A.R.E. (Athletes Reaching Equality) Pride.

Kahrl is a sports journalist who has contributed to Grantland, Cosmo.com, Playboy.com and the Windy City Times on trans issues, in addition to her full-time job as the national MLB editor and writer for ESPN.com. In addition to being a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America, she served on the board of Equality Illinois and now serves on the board of GLAAD.

The network event is open to all fans and will begin immediately following the Sky game in the Skyline Room at Allstate Arena.

Fans can purchase tickets for the Sky PRIDE game by calling 866.SKY.WNBA or click here.