Jason Collins appointed to President Obama’s Fitness Council

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Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins has been named to President Obama’s Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Council, the White House announced earlier this week. The 35-year-old Collins was signed by the Nets in February, making him the first openly gay male athlete in one of the four male professional US sports.

From The Hill‘s report:

The president has been outspoken in his praise for Obama (sic), who revealed he was gay in a Sports Illustrated essay last year. The NBA star was a guest in the first lady’s box at the State of the Union address this year.

“He seems like a terrific young man, and I told him I couldn’t be prouder,” Obama said shortly after Collins’s announcement. “One of the extraordinary measures of progress that we’ve seen in this country has been the recognition that the LGBT community deserves full equality — not just partial equality, not just tolerance, but a recognition that they’re fully a part of the American family.”

The fitness council is tasked with advising the president and Secretary of Health and Human Services about ways the administration can engage and educate “Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition,” according to the White House.