Legacy Awards honor outstanding individuals and institutions whose work contributes to the mission and values of the Federation of Gay Games. They are awarded at the discretion of the FGG to recognize the extraordinary contributions of those who ensure the success of the Gay Games, who promote shared values, and who contribute to the community.
Legacy Awards were first awarded in 2007 at the FGG 25th Anniversary Legacy Dinner in San Francisco. As of 2009, those honored receive a certificate and an FGG Medal of Honor.
Straight Ally Legacy Award
Women in Sport
“Local Hero” Legacy Award
Local Organization Legacy Award
Toronto Gay Football League
Member Organization Legacy Award
International Gay Bowling Organization
Social Justice Legacy Award
2010:Presented at the FGG reception during Gay Games VIII in Cologne:
Legacy Award for Outstanding Athlete
For athletic performance, sportsmanship, involvement, and enthusiasm as a participant in one or more Gay Games
Legacy Award for Outstanding Artist
For artistic ability and expression, involvement, and enthusiasm as a participant in one or more Gay Games
Legacy Award for Excellence in Fundraising
Cheer San Francisco
For outstanding contributions, direct or indirect, toward fundraising for the Federation of Gay Games scholarship program.
2009: Presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting gala dinner in Cologne
Legacy Award for Outreach and Scholarship Support
Joe La Pat
For their dedication to bringing people from around the world to Chicago through the Gay Games Scholarship Program, which they generously funded and championed.
Legacy Award for Media and Journalism
Tracy Baim, publisher and executive editor of the Windy City Times
For many years of positive coverage of LGBT sports and culture, locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. The entire Gay Games movement owes Tracy Baim a great deal of gratitude for her tireless efforts.
Legacy Award for Academic Scholarship and Research
Caroline Symons, PhD
For her extensive research on LGBT sport and her inspirational leadership in numerous campaigns against homophobia in sport.
Legacy Award for a Sports Event
Tournoi international de Paris
For six consecutive years of staging a highly popular multi-sport event that consistently empowers thousands of LGBT athletes from Europe and beyond in friendly and spirited competitions held in the City Of Light.
Legacy Award for Youth Outreach and Coaching
Golden Gate Alliance Wrestling
For its bold and groundbreaking efforts to support young athletes, both gay and straight, by providing volunteer coaching and human inspiration to urban high school wrestling programs dealing with severe budget cuts. Their outreach efforts fight homophobia while inspiring young people and adults alike.
2007: Presented at the FGG’s 25th Anniversary gala dinner in San Francisco
Dave Kopay, American football player in the National Football League from 1964 to 1972 and the first professional athlete in the world to speak publicly about being gay, for opening doors for amateur and professional athletes everywhere. Dave has taken part in two Gay Games and is a Gay Games Ambassador. Kile Ozier and Esera Tuaolo, himself a former NFL player, presented Dave’s award as “Gay Games Hero”.
European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation for its work to combat homophobia and promote equality in Europe through sport programs.
National Center for Lesbian Rights Sports Project for its ongoing legal work in the U.S. challenging discriminatory practices in a variety of athletic programs. NCLR Sports Project Director Helen Carroll accepted the award from figure skaters Alan Lessik and Johnny Manzon-Santos, who NCLR successfully represented in a discrimination case against the East Bay Iceland skating rink in Berkeley, California.
Writer Jim Provenzano for his groundbreaking coverage of news related to LGBT sport programs. Gold medal winning Olympic swimmer and Gay Games Ambassador Bruce Hayes, a public relations professional, presented Jim’s media award.