(OF) There’s no denying that queers are forcing their way into mainstream sports. From professionals coming out to organizations forming to support queer youth on and off the field, the world of professional athletics is becoming more and more accepting. This week, ESPN continued this inclusiveness when they hired out soccer star Abby Wambach as an analyst and commentator for the upcoming Rio Olympics.

This comes after the network fired Curt Schilling for an anti-transgender Facebook post,proving ESPN is dedicated to equality and stands firmly against bigotry.

Wambach, who retired from professional soccer in October, is the all-time leading scorer for the United States Women’s Soccer Team with 184 career goals.  Oh yeah, she also helped the team score a gold medal in its second FIFA World Cup Title.

Alongside commentating the Olympics, the soccer legend will also be a part of “Outside the Lines” and provide commentary for films produced by ESPN and produce a podcast called “Fearless Conversation with Abby Wambach.”

“My soccer career has provided me with a lot of different experiences that brings more than Xs and Os to the table,” Wambach told ESPN. “I’m excited to join ESPN and to have the opportunity to tell stories that transcend soccer.”


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