Warriors' Welts to be honored with Inspiration Award

October 17, 2011, 10:20 pm
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Golden State Warriors president and chief operating officer Rick Welts will be honored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network on Oct. 21, during its seventh annual Respect Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.Welts will be presented with the 2011 Inspiration Award, for being the first professional sports executive to come out publicly.

Welts was hired in September by the Warriors after working in the Phoenix Suns front office for nine seasons. Welts was the teams chief executive officer the past two seasons.October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and Welts, Shaquille ONeal and others are teaming up with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to launch its Amplify Your Voice! campaign.

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