Your heartwarming story of the day: Anthony Nicodemo, the head coach for the Saunders High School basketball team in Yonkers, started to think about coming out of the closet after Jason Collins announced that he was gay in April. Last month, the 35-year-old went to an LGBT sports conference where he heard Collins speak firsthand. It was then that, despite his apprehensions about the reaction of his players and the risk of losing his position, Nicodemo resolved to finally come out. At a team meeting yesterday, he told a group of past and present players that he was gay. The players "literally embraced him," reports Outsports.
They also embraced him, less literally, on Twitter:
Saunders just became a stronger team love my team #SAUNDERSBASKETBALL— Yung_Leaf__3 (@DerrickFelder1) June 24, 2013
@SaundersHoops got your back 100% proud of you coach👌👏— Stelios (@steliostheboss) June 25, 2013
@SaundersHoops 100% support Coach, very courageous of you, much respect!— Daniel Hunter (@Daniel_x94) June 25, 2013
One of the greatest guys I have ever met. Always there for the Saunders family supporting us no matter… http://t.co/scMEJTkbIp— 28 (@ericksong09) June 25, 2013