Pride Game a torchbearer of football: Cavallo | Inverell times

Adelaide United’s Josh Cavallo hopes his club’s inaugural A-League Pride Games will be a torchbearer for football around the world. Cavallo says he is still stunned by the “crazy” response to coming out as gay six months ago – the first current male professional footballer in the world to do so. Cavallo’s United host Central Coast on Saturday night, after Adelaide women’s side host Melbourne Victory, with both matches designated by the club as Pride Games to support LGBT+ communities. And Cavallo hopes other clubs in Australia and around the world will follow suit. “It’s phenomenal, it’s something I could only dream of,” he told reporters on Monday. “It’s something that hasn’t been done in the A-League before, so to see Adelaide United write their name in the history books is quite impressive… we need more clubs across the world to do the same and ignite this “It’s quite emotional and personal to see that in six months time we (United) have already done something like this…it’s mind-blowing.” Cavallo said the messages of support since its release haven’t stopped.” It’s just crazy to see that,” he said, “And something like that (Pride Game) is just going to evolve the game for the better. “We have people struggling all over the world, whether they’re sons, daughters or anyone in general…to see the impact this has on them is absolutely insane, so stuff like this is going to change the world for the “Since I came out… the people who have reached out to me – and it’s not just celebrities, it can be normal, everyday people – it always makes me smile that I helped change someone’s life for the better. “It’s bigger than sport. It’s bigger than football…and that’s something that makes me very proud, that I can help improve people’s lives.” Cavallo did not feel burdened to be the first openly gay male footballer. “When I hit that post button on my social media, I already knew I had won the race,” he said. “I’m only 22 and I’m really happy to be where I am. “It’s all about small steps. Seeing a Pride Game, possibly if we can turn that into a Pride Round and the A-League can bypass every team that does that, that’s going to change for the next generation. » Australian Associated Press

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