San Jose Sharks’ forward Tommy Wingels is staying busy following the completion of his rookie NHL season. Wingels was the Sharks’ nominee for the Masterton trophy, largely due to his with with the You Can Play Project. He is an advisory board member on the project, and You Can Play’s co-founder Patrick Burke made the announcement that Tommy would be marching in Chicago’s Pride parade today.
“Our family and everyone at You Can Play are once again overwhelmed by Tommy’s generosity and commitment to our cause,” Burke told CSNCalifornia.com. “He called us looking to find a way to get involved with his hometown pride parade as part of his continued support for LGBT athletes.” (Quote Source: CSN Bay Area)
This isn’t the first time an NHLer has been involved in Chicago Pride. Brent Sopel and the Stanley Cup took part in the parade not long after the ‘Hawks won their championship in 2010.
Kudos to Tommy, the Sharks, and the NHL for their continued efforts to promote equality in sports.
Update: Patrick Burke tweeted a picture of Tommy marching with the Chicago Gay Hockey Association this afternoon.