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By Angel Nogueras
CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – College locker rooms fear the unknown, but the men’s basketball team at Camden County College is willing to tackle the unknown by accepting gay players in its locker room.

The Camden County College men’s basketball team is ready to open its door and host gay players in the locker room. By Angel Nogueras, CCC Journalism Program

The Camden County College men’s basketball team is ready to open its door and host gay players in the locker room. By Angel Nogueras, CCC Journalism Program

Almost every other part of American life has openly gay leaders and celebrities and yet there are no openly gay players in the National Football League, National Basketball Association and men’s NCAA sports. The NFL and NBA have been supportive of gay rights and have been on record stating they are ready to embrace openly gay athletes in their leagues, but what about the college ranks? Many college locker rooms fear the uncertainty of having a gay player in their locker room and on their team, but the Camden County College men’s basketball team is opening its doors to openly gay players to join the team, putting to rest the uncertainty that looms over the sport at the college.

Christopher Gebhart, who is the starting center for the team, said, “Honestly, I don’t care about someone’s sexual preference, as long as he can play and help the team win, it is all right with me.” He went on to say, “Speaking on behalf of those 11 guys in that locker room, we would accept anyone who can play basketball.”

Accepting gay players on the team and inside the locker room will be a step forward for players who are gay or have been hiding their sexual orientation to end the disappointment of gay players feeling they are being denied the opportunity to play.

Sabrina Wallace, president of the Gay, Straight Alliance Club at Camden County College, said, “I believe it would be a step in the right direction for society to finally accept gay players in sports. Talent has nothing to do with sexual preference or orientation.”

Society as a whole might not yet accept gay athletes in any alpha male sports, but the men’s basketball team at Camden County College is willing to do that for players who want to join the team.

John Phan, a student at Camden County College who is going to join the team next season, said, “If there are gay people trying out and do make the team, it won’t affect my decision. It will be pretty cool actually.”

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