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|Ben Cohen kicks off his StandUp Foundation|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|May 23, 2011 10:52|
Ben Cohen's "Acceptance Tour 2011" and the Atlanta Bucks held a cocktail reception on Friday, May 20, 2011, at the Livingston Restaurant & Bar at Georgian Terrace.
Cohen, a straight rugby star from the UK, also announced his StandUp Foundation, an organization dedicated to ending bullying and combating homophobia in sports, would be based in Atlanta.
Cohen, now retired, auctioned off a few jerseys as well as the last pair of "boots" he was wearing when he stepped down from the sport. The boots sold for $2,500 and thousands of more dollars were raised for the foundation. Brian Sims, president of Equality Pennsylvania, was with Cohen as part of the tour. Sims came out as gay in 2000 while captain of his college football team, Bloomsburg University in Division II and is the only known openly gay college football captain.
To view more photos from the event, click here.
Top photo: International rugby star Ben Cohen auctioned off personal items to raise money for his StandUp Foundation, which will be based in Atlanta (by Dyana Bagby)
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