Ben Cohen’s Atlanta rugby pitch-nic [photos]
Cohen, in Atlanta to promote the launch of his anti-bullying organization, spent the afternoon with the gay sports group and fans at Oglethorpe University for the Pitch-Nic & Auction, one of a handful of public events during his nearly week-long stay in Atlanta. The event included an intra-squad rugby exhibition (top photo), a reception and auction.
The Bucks hosted Cohen (second photo left) during his first stop on a four-city U.S. tour to launch the Ben Cohen Standup Foundation, billed as the first organization to combat bullying. Cohen, who is married with two children, has become a gay icon for his support of LGBT issues and battling homophobia in sports. Cohen said earlier this month that he’s retiring from rugby after a career that included winning the World Cup with England.
On Friday, Cohen announced that he’ll headquarter the foundation in Atlanta and that Bucks player Patrick Davis will serve as president of Ben Cohen USA, the commercial arm that will support the foundation. Cohen will partner with the Human Rights Campaign, Campus Pride, Matthew Shepard Foundation and Trevor Project to build his foundation.
On Thursday, Cohen joined the Bucks for a meet and greet at Fado Irish Pub in Buckhead (view photos). He signed autographs, hugged fans, posed for photos and otherwise talked up his efforts to establish the foundation.
On May 17, Cohen joined the Bucks for their weekly practice.
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