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Westchester Rising featured Pace University in "LGBTQ Pride Hoops Night at Pace Another Success"

02/26/2020

Westchester Rising featured Pace University in "LGBTQ Pride Hoops Night at Pace Another Success"

Pace University hosted its annual LGBTQ Pride Hoops Night during the men's and women's basketball games on Tuesday, Feb. 11, versus Southern Connecticut.

As part of the festivities, hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members turned out for the doubleheader inside the Goldstein Fitness Center, which marked the fourth Pride Hoops Night as the Pace Athletics Department teamed up with the LGBTQA Center to celebrate the Pace community's inclusiveness and diversity.

“I am extremely proud of the leadership exhibited by our students and our community with respect to this initiative,” said Pace’s Director of Athletics, Mark Brown. “Pace University is a place that celebrates and embraces everyone and truly values the richness that a diverse and inclusive population adds to our community.”

Halftime of each game featured drag performances by Flower Tortilla (Pace University alum and drag queen) and Ms. D. Carter (Pace staff member Suede Graham). Free t-shirts were also given to the first 500 fans in attendance.

Rachel Simon, Interim Director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs who runs the LGBTQA Center at Pace’s Pleasantville campus, is excited about the event’s continued growth and success each year.

"Now that we're in our fourth year of Pride Hoops I can really see its impact,” Simon said. “We have community partners here interacting with a wide range of Pace students. It is wonderful to see so many rainbows and feel the support for the LGBTQA community at an event with such broad attendance and appeal. It is also nice to have a Pace staff member and a Pace alum perform in drag this year!"

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Press Release: PACE HOSTS PRIDE HOOPS WITH LGBTQ COMMUNITY

02/12/2020

Press Release: PACE HOSTS PRIDE HOOPS WITH LGBTQ COMMUNITY

Pace Celebrates Its Diversity and Inclusion

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (February 12, 2020) – Pace University hosted its annual LGBTQ Pride Hoops Night during the men's and women's basketball games on Tuesday, Feb. 11, versus Southern Connecticut.

As part of the festivities, hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members turned out for the doubleheader inside the Goldstein Fitness Center, which marked the fourth Pride Hoops Night as the Pace Athletics Department teamed up with the LGBTQA Center to celebrate the Pace community's inclusiveness and diversity.

“I am extremely proud of the leadership exhibited by our students and our community with respect to this initiative,” said Pace’s Director of Athletics, Mark Brown. “Pace University is a place that celebrates and embraces everyone and truly values the richness that a diverse and inclusive population adds to our community.”

Halftime of each game featured drag performances by Flower Tortilla (Pace University alum and drag queen) and Ms. D. Carter (Pace staff member Suede Graham). Free t-shirts were also given to the first 500 fans in attendance.

Rachel Simon, Interim Director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs who runs the LGBTQA Center at Pace’s Pleasantville campus, is excited about the event’s continued growth and success each year.

"Now that we're in our fourth year of Pride Hoops I can really see its impact,” Simon said. “We have community partners here interacting with a wide range of Pace students. It is wonderful to see so many rainbows and feel the support for the LGBTQA community at an event with such broad attendance and appeal. It is also nice to have a Pace staff member and a Pace alum perform in drag this year!"

Numerous groups, both on campus and from the local community, helped make the event possible, including:

-Pace University Athletics

-Pace University Center for Community Action & Research

-Pace University FIRE (Fighting Ignorance and Rape through Education)

-Pace University LGBTQA Center, PLV

-Pace University Office of Multicultural Affairs, PLV

-Pace University POWER (Partnership of Women for Empowerment and Respect

-Pace University Pride at Pace Student Club

-Pace Women's Justice Center

-Hillels of Westchester

-Jacob Burns Film Center

-The Loft LGBT Community Center

-Planned Parenthood

-Prideworks for Youth

-Stonewall Hudson Valley Democrats

About Pace University Athletics
Pace University is an NCAA Division II member of the Northeast-10 Conference that sponsors 14 intercollegiate sports, along with cheer and dance teams and a Pep Band.  In 2018-19, Pace student-athletes posted a cumulative grade-point average of 3.26. In addition, four Setter teams— baseball, field hockey, and men's and women's swimming and diving —earned NE10 Academic Excellence Awards in recognition of achieving the highest GPA in their respective sports. In competition, Pace teams won over 60 percent of their contests this past year and have made 17 NCAA appearances since 2011. In 2015-16, the department unveiled a multi-million dollar facility upgrade that includes two new turf fields. In addition, the new state-of-the-art 14,010 square foot Ianniello Field House recently opened with new locker rooms, new strength and conditioning facilities and a sports medicine component.

About Pace University

Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides. From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains. www.pace.edu.

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Press Release: Pace University Holds “Pride Hoops” Night to Promote LGBTQ Inclusion

12/10/2018

Press Release: Pace University Holds “Pride Hoops” Night to Promote LGBTQ Inclusion

Nearly 500 attend 6th Annual event at Men’s and Women’s Basketball games

PLEASANTVILLE, NY - (December 10, 2018) Nearly 500 Pace University students, faculty and community members attended Pride Hoops Night at Pace’s Pleasantville Campus on November 28.

This is the third year that Pace held the popular event at The Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health, Fitness and Recreation Center in an effort to foster LGBTQ inclusion in athletics. The evening featured women’s and men’s basketball games with half-time performances by drag performing artist, “Miz Jade.” Both teams won, defeating American International College.

Mark Brown, athletic director at Pace, said that the event was part of Pace’s mission to be inclusive to all members of the campus community. “We are a very diverse community at Pace University and we see this event as a visible and positive step to celebrate the LGBTQ community,’’ said Brown.

Rachel Simon, associate director of Multi-Cultural Affairs and LGBTQQ coordinator at Pace who helped organize the event, said that Pride Hoops serves to not only support the LGBTQ community but to help students interact with others outside their immediate social circles. “The event speaks volumes about Pace and its student body as well as the athletics department which has been tremendously supportive and inclusive,’’ Simon said.

Also in attendance that night in support of the program were community organizations including The LOFT LGBT Community Center in White Plains, Planned Parenthood, PrideWorks for Youth, the Jacob Burns Film Center, and the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project ranks Pace University first in the nation among four-year private institutions for upward economic mobility. www.pace.edu

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"The Examiner" featured Pace University's Pride Hoops Night in "Pace Hoops Teams Show Pride in Support of LGBTQ Community"

11/30/2018

"The Examiner" featured Pace University's Pride Hoops Night in "Pace Hoops Teams Show Pride in Support of LGBTQ Community"

During the course of the men’s and women’s Pace basketball season, there are more than a handful of home games that feature special events.

There was Military Appreciation Weekend on Veterans Day and First Responders Day the following Saturday. Later in the year there will be Coaches vs. Cancer and the day of the Blue Out, where all spectators are dressed in blue.

Wednesday evening was the athletic department’s third annual Pride Hoops Night, an event celebrating the LGBTQ community that surprisingly few college athletic programs around the country hold.

When Athletic Director Mark Brown was approached with the idea, he said the event fit well with Pace’s mission to be a welcoming and inclusive campus.

“Pace is a really special place,” Brown said. “I’ve worked at other institutions and we really are a community and a very diverse community and our department looked at this as an opportunity to really illustrate our support and appreciation to the LGBTQ community.”

During the basketball doubleheader at Pace Goldstein Fitness Center on the school’s Pleasantville campus, which featured wins for both Setters teams over American International College, there were local and regional organizations that were part of the effort including the LOFT LGBT Community Center in White Plains, the Jacob Burns Film Center, the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center and PrideWorks.

There was also a halftime drag performance at both games by dancer Miz Jade and Pace’s mascot, T-Bone, sported a rainbow cape.

Rachel Simon, Pace’s associate director of multicultural affairs, diversity programs and LGBTQ coordinator, said the evening highlights the broad support the LGBTQ community receives from the school. It also helps to introduce students who are part of the community to another part of campus life.

“I think just to have so many people here, it feels good for both the basketball teams, which get a bigger turnout, and for us,” said Simon.

Students who attended Pride Night said they are deeply appreciative of the efforts Pace makes to include all students.

“I’m really proud to go to this school and people are allowed to be loud and proud about who they are,” said freshman Shannon Roberson. “It’s extremely important to me and I think it’s really important in society, especially with what’s going on in the government right now.”

Liz Pollard, also a freshman, said it’s one of the reasons why she chose to attend Pace.

“It really means a lot to see the interaction of the athletic department with the LGBTQ community,” Pollard said. “You don’t see that a lot and it’s important. I felt very welcome here at Pace and that’s why I love this school, they’re so open for everyone.”

Volunteers from Prideworks, a nearly 20-year-old conference of students from middle school through college throughout the metropolitan area that provides resources for the LGBTQ community, were also on hand. Its president, Matt Thoennes, said helping young people to be honest with themselves is an important lesson and Pride Night assists with that effort.

“I think to show support says that Pace is open and welcoming and I truly believe that if people can’t be their true selves then the world misses out on what they might contribute,” Thoennes said.

Brown said there wasn’t hesitation to hold Pride Hoops Night when the opportunity presented itself and that it’s been well-received.

“It’s such the right thing to do because at Pace all students are valued and appreciated and this is way to demonstrate that,” he said.

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"Fios1 News" featured Pace University's Pride Hoops night with basketball and the LGBTQ community in "Supporting the LGBTQ Community"

11/30/2018

"Fios1 News" featured Pace University's Pride Hoops night with basketball and the LGBTQ community in "Supporting the LGBTQ Community"

More than 600 Pace students, faculty and community members attended a signature event at Pace’s Pleasantville Campus: Pride Hoops Night. In an effort to foster inclusion and awareness of LGBTQ inclusion in athletics, the university held this popularly attended event, now in its third year. The evening featured women’s and men’s basketball games with a half-time drag performances by Miz Jade.  Rainbow basketball Pride Hoops t-shirts and paraphernalia were given out. Supporting the program were community organizations including The LOFT LGBT Community Center in White Plains, Planned Parenthood, PrideWorks for Youth the Jacob Burns Film Center, and the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center.

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