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Spirit of Courage Awards To Honor LGBT Leaders in Sports

Thursday, 20 September 2012

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Second Annual Spirit of Courage Awards in Los Angeles

Emmy-Nominated Talk Show Host, Lisa Ling, to Join LA Kings Captain, Dustin Brown, and Honorees Toronto Maple Leafs President and General Manager Brian Burke, Philadelphia Flyers Scout Patrick Burke, and California Attorney General Kamala Harris

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – On September 20th, the 2nd Annual Spirit of Courage Awards, hosted by Courage Campaign, will be honoring Brian Burke and his son Patrick for their courageous work promoting respect for all athletes, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity through their organization, You Can Play, as featured on HBO, ESPN, USA Today and in the New York Times. Few efforts are more noteworthy than the work done by these men to make everyone equal in the world of sports.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris will also be honored for her work protecting homeowners and her unflagging leadership on LGBT equality. Attorney General Harris will be addressing guests fresh from her primetime speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

WHAT:  2nd Annual Spirit of Courage Awards – Hosted by Courage Campaign

WHO: Toronto Maple Leafs President, GM – Brian Burke,
Philadelphia Flyers Scout – Patrick Burke,
California Attorney General – Kamala Harris
Emmy-Nominated Talk Show Host – Lisa Ling
LA Kings Captain – Dustin Brown
Women’s Rights Activist – Sandra Fluke
Former LA Dodger – Derrel Thomas
Owners of the Anaheim Ducks – Henry and Susan Samueli
Chair, Courage Campaign – Rick Jacobs
Forward for the San Jose Sharks — Tommy Wingels
America’s first openly gay professional male athlete – Andrew Goldstein
Two time Olympic Soccer Player and two time World Cup Champion – Angela Hucles

… More To Be Announced

WHERE: Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

WHEN: Thursday, September 20, 2012
6:00 PM PST — VIP Reception and Arrivals
7:00-9:00 PM PST — General Reception

For Media Inquiries, please contact CJ Frogozo at 310-570-2622 or by email at

Sponsors include the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings Care Foundation, National Hockey League Foundation, Chrysler, Los Angeles Lakers, and Michael Kors and Lance LePere. Full list can be viewed here:

A silent auction will be held that will include original Shepard Fairey prints; autographed merchandise and VIP ticket pages from over a dozen professional sports teams including the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Maple Leafs; a roundtrip air and hotel package donated by Air Canada and Ritz Carlton Toronto; and fashion merchandise designed by Michael Kors.

# # # # # is an online organizing network that empowers more than 750,000 grassroots and netroots activists to push for progressive change and full equality in California and across the country. As a leading multi-issue advocacy organization, Courage Campaign’s work is supported by thousands of small donations from our diverse community.

Courage California, formerly Courage Campaign, works to unite communities organizing for progressive change, fight the forces of corruption, and hold our representatives to account in order to ensure that California’s elected officials act with courage. Our community of members envision California as a model of progressive, equitable, and truly representative democracy that sets the standard for our country.


Angela Chavez