Members of the Vanderbilt women's basketball coaching staff and athletic administration are raising money for LGBTQ youth at Thursday's game against Missouri.
The initiative began with assistant coach Kevin DeMille, who said that he would donate an amount of money matching the combined point total for the game to The Trevor Project, an organization that supports suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.
We are doing Pride 2.0 tomorrow! Our team plays Mizzou at 7pm on @SECNetwork+
To celebrate Pride, I’ll be matching the combined point total from the game to donate to @TrevorProject, the nation’s leader in LGBTQ+ youth suicide prevention and resources. I hope you’ll join me!
— Kevin DeMille (@kdemillionaire) January 19, 2022
Kristene Kelly, Vanderbilt's deputy athletic director for internal affairs and senior woman administrator, then pledged to donate $10 for every 3-pointer the Commodores hit against the Tigers.
Vanderbilt originally planned to hold its Pride Night earlier in the season against Arkansas, however due to a large snowstorm, few fans were able to attend. The team still wore their pride-inspired shirts for that game as Shea Ralph earned her first SEC win as head coach.
— Vanderbilt WBB (@VandyWBB) January 7, 2022
The program dubbed Thursday's game as "Pride Night 2.0" and will give away Pride t-shirts and posters to fans who may not have been able to attend the Razorbacks game.
Originally scheduled for Jan. 2, the Missouri game had to be rescheduled to Thursday due to COVID-19.
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