SOURCE: Collegiate Recruitment Team

February 16, 2007 14:21 ET

Collegiate1.org Poll Indicates 7,500 of Its NCAA Graduate Career Seekers Identify Themselves as Gay Males

Half of Those Are Former College Football and Basketball Players

PHOENIX, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 16, 2007 -- The Collegiate Recruitment Team (CRT) at Collegiate1.org recently conducted an anonymous survey to find out how many of its 150,000 former student-athletes & current job seekers would identify themselves as gay males. To the surprise of just a few of CRT's members, 5% of the NCAA graduate career seekers indicated that they were in fact homosexual males.

The poll was administered in order to get a rough estimate of how many male athletes struggle through the pressure of not getting exposed as being gay while competing as student-athletes at NCAA member institutions.

With the recent coming out of former Penn State basketball player and former NBA star John Amaechi, CRT director Wendell Tull, who is a former division one basketball player himself, wondered how many of their alums continue to stay in the closet due to the implications it might have on their job search.

"As a senior forward at Northern Arizona University, my teammates and I were forced to deal with our feelings towards gays when a member of our basketball staff came out of the closet upon the conclusion of the season," said Wendell Tull. "I know for a fact that none of us were proud of the statements we made about gays, as we traveled around the country playing ball once the member of our basketball family came out," continued Tull.

About CRT:

The Collegiate Recruitment Team is the largest network of former collegiate student-athletes making the transition to careers in corporate America. CRT operates a niche career board that allows companies to post positions in which they would appreciate the skill set a former collegiate student-athlete brings to the table.

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