NCAA Division II basketball player comes out

Derek SchellBY CHRIS HUQUERIZA
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Derek Schell, a 22-year-old athlete from Michigan’s Hillsdale College, came out as the first openly gay NCAA Division II Basketball player in a first-person essay for Out Sports.

“My friends, my parents, my sister, my teachers—everyone expected me to be an all-star, to help lead the basketball team to a state championship and to date a pretty girl,” Schell wrote on October 8. “I wanted people to accept me and to embrace me, so I let those expectations take control.”

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