Warriors President/COO Rick Welts & Vice President of Public Affairs and Event Management Gail Hunter Will Participate in Postgame Q&A, Ticket Proceeds To Benefit GSA Network
The Golden State Warriors will host the team’s third LGBT night in four years at Oracle Arena on Sunday night, April 7 against the Utah Jazz, the team announced today. Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts and Warriors Vice President of Public Affairs and Event Management Gail Hunter will participate in a postgame Q&A with fans and discuss their decisions to be openly gay executives in the sports industry.
In-game entertainment will feature the Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus performing the national anthem at center court.
Fans can purchase tickets, starting at $25, for this year’s LGBT Night by visiting warriors.com/lgbt.
A portion of ticket proceeds for LGBT night will benefit the GSA Network, a national youth leadership organization that connect school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training.
With a front-page interview with the New York Times in May 2011, Welts became the highest ranking executive in men’s professional team history to acknowledge he is gay. He received the Out and Equal’s 2012 Advocacy Award, was presented with a United States Tennis Association 2011 ICON Award at the 2011 US Open in New York City, and was honored with GLSEN’s (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) Respect Award in October 2011.
Hunter, her partner and two children recently relocated from New Jersey where she worked for the NBA league office for 13 years as Senior Vice President of Events and Attractions.