Go Athletes - Mission Statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

“GO! has been a backbone to me. Something I can always believe in. Something of which I am unimaginably proud. GO! has provided hope, support, and fellowship. GO! has a part of my heart and I never want it back.”

Derek Schell

Student Athlete, Basketball, Hillsdale College (Graduated 2014)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Mosier

Chris Mosier

Executive Director

 

Chris Mosier is a nationally-sponsored Ironman triathlete and triathlon coach, and the first transgender man inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame. He joined the GO! Athletes Board of Directors in January 2014 as Director of Strategic Initiatives, and is an individual member of the LGBT Sports Coalition.

Chris was the 2013 “Athlete of the Year” at the Compete Sports Diversity Awards, and was named to the 2014 Trans 100 and the Advocate Magazine’s “40 Under 40″ list. He was also a triathlon silver medalist at the 2014 Gay Games.Chris is also the founder of transathlete.com, a resource for students, athletes, coaches, and administrators to find information about trans* inclusion in athletics at various levels of play.

Nora Cothren

Nora Cothren

Director of Strategic Initiatives

 

Nora Cothren is a coach and academic assistant at the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation in Philadelphia. She graduated from Smith College in 2012 with a B.A. in Education and Child Study. While at Smith, Cothren played ice hockey for the Pioneers all four years; serving as captain for a season and twice being named an ACHA 2nd Team All American. Since graduation, Cothren has been able to further grow her passion for creating safe sporting environments for all.

 

Nora has been working with GO! Athletes since June 2013 – serving as the K-12 committee co-chair, and most recently, on the Board as Interim Treasurer. She has published pieces in the Huffington Post, Curve Magazine Online, and Outsports. Nora is also an individual member of the LGBT Sports Coalition. She is very excited to take on her new role as Director of Strategic Initiatives, and looks forward to working with this great new team at GO!

Sean Smith

Sean Smith

Managing Director

 

Sean Smith is a swimmer who grew up in Oklahoma. He is a founding member of GO! Athletes and serves as the current managing director.

At 17, he qualified for the United States National Junior Team, representing his country on the international stage. After high school, Sean left Oklahoma to swim for the University of Arizona; two years later, he transferred to Rutgers University, where he swam to multiple Big East titles specializing in distance freestyle and IM events and was named Big East Swimmer of the Year in 2005 as well as competing in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Trials. After graduating, Rutgers hired him as an assistant coach for the Scarlet Knights. He was named to Out Magazines OUT100 in 2007 after his coming out story ran on Outsports.com.

 

He currently works as the Chief of Staff at Imagine Swimming, New York City’s premier swimming school and competes in Ironman distance triathlons.

Katie Barnes

Katie Barnes

Network Director

 

Katie Barnes is a graduate student at Miami University (OH) earning their M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education. They are a 2013 alumna of St. Olaf College, earning a degree in History, Russian Area Studies, and American Studies with a concentration in Women & Gender Studies. While at St. Olaf, Katie held numerous leadership positions within the LGBTQ community. Katie’s work during their undergraduate career earned them St. Olaf’s Distinguished Senior in Leadership Award as well as a 2013 Campus Pride Voice & Action Award.

 

A four year varsity starter and letter winner in basketball at Culver Girls’ Academy, and a coach, Katie is passionate about making sports a safe and affirming environment for all athletes regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Katie’s recent work with members of the LGBT Sports Coalition and other LGBTQ organizations earned them the honor of being named one of the Top 100 Black LGBT Emerging Leaders to Watch by the National Black Justice Coalition. When not fighting the good fight, you can usually find Katie watching sports, How I Met Your Mother, Rachel Maddow, writing, or reading a good book.

Lauren Elizabeth Neidigh

Lauren Elizabeth Neidigh

Director of Strategic Initiatives

 

Lauren Neidigh, originally from Jacksonville, Florida, is an NCAA Division 1 swimmer at the University of Arizona. She has competed at multiple SEC and PAC 12 Championships, U.S. National Championships, and the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. She is a Florida state champion and a medalist at multiple sectional championships. Neidigh has networked with Swimswam and Swimming World Magazine on multiple projects throughout her swimming career.

 

She is currently the Director of Social Media and Digital Initiatives for GO! Athletes. Lauren’s goal is to work with GO! Athletes to generate discussion of important topics for LGBT athletes in sports. She also wants to increase visibility of current high school and collegiate athletes. She believes that GO! Athletes is a unique organization because it not only networks athletes, but also builds important friendships and an incredible support system. Lauren thinks that we aim to make this a personal experience, and that we promote personal development through our work.

Monica Rochon

Monica Rochon

Director of Educational Leadership

 

Monica received a B.S. in Sports & Leisure Management from Eastern Connecticut State University where they were a student athlete and received a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Florida. Formerly they spent time volunteering in the UMass Athletic department working with student athletes with learning disabilities and formed the GO! Athletes group on the UMass Amherst campus. Currently Monica volunteers in the USF Athletic Department with the Enhancing U Life Skills program.

 

Monica feels that political education is critical to understanding the history of oppression, privilege, and the intersections of identity. Monica is committed to creating space (s) for needed dialogue, discussion, and ultimately action towards social justice. Monica is particularly passionate about racial (in)justice and is looking forward to exploring options to create social justice education opportunities for athletes. In their spare time Monica plays for the Tampa Bay Inferno Tackle Football team.

Josh Sanders

Josh Sanders

Director of External Engagement

 

Josh Sanders is a former athlete and coach. He’s worked in sports ministry for six years as a counselor, coach, and athletic director. Ministries included volunteer work with Fellowship for Christian Athletes and the Christian sports camp Summer’s Best Two Weeks. After “coming out” in 2012, he was no longer allowed to be involved in ministry. He experienced and survived “reparative therapy.” This therapy promises to change sexual orientation and is considered dangerous by the majority of professional medical associations.

 

He is an advocate and educator with a passion for inclusion and equality in athletics and beyond. Since “coming out” he began working with the GO! Athletes Network. Josh speaks nationally on intersectional issues including religion, identity, homophobia, sexism, racism and other topics. He’s been a guest speaker and advisor for the NCAA on developing inclusive spaces within athletic departments for religious institutions. As Director of External Engagement, he’s excited to build upon GO’s mission of engaging, educating and empowering LGBTQ athletes and others.

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