Welcome to the 2014 NBA and
MeiGray Group Game-Worn Authentication Program’s Jason Collins Game-Worn and
Autographed Brooklyn Nets Jersey Auction.
The NBA and MeiGray Group
Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program is proud to offer fans and collectors
across the globe the opportunity to own a piece of history … the
jersey worn by #98 Jason Collins
of the Brooklyn Nets throughout the Nets' 91-84 loss to the Boston Celtics on March 7,
2014 at TD Garden in Boston, MA.
dressed for the game but did not play, autographed this jersey on the back #9
of his #98 after the game."3-7-14" is handwritten on the jock tag.
This black jersey, a size 3XL+4 inches of extra length, is registered into the NBA and MeiGray Game-Worn Jersey Authentication
Program as number BKN00404.
All proceeds from the auction
will benefit the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and the
Matthew Shepard Foundation.
Collins became the first openly
gay, active male athlete from one of the four major North American professional
team sports on Feb. 23, after signing with his original team, the Nets.
Since he was added to the roster, Collins’ jersey rose to the No. 1 spot on the
top-selling jersey list at NBAStore.com. Collins chose to wear the number “98”
in honor of Matthew Shepard, a college student who was murdered in 1998 after
being targeted for being openly gay.
“I’m thrilled to work with the
league to support two fantastic organizations, both of which work tirelessly to
ensure LGBT youth get the resources and assistance they need to be successful
in life,” Collins said.
The NBA has a long history of
supporting the LGBT community including partnerships with GLSEN, GLAAD and
Athlete Ally and was the recipient of the 2012 Commitment to Diversity &
Inclusion Award at the GLSEN Respect Awards. In addition, Jason Collins
received the 2013 Courage Award at the 10th annual GLSEN Respect Awards and
Denver Nuggets star Kenneth Faried was awarded the 2012 J. Walter Kennedy
Citizenship Award, in part because of his relationship to Athlete Ally and his
work championing equality and bringing awareness to the importance of respect
MeiGray Group, the Official
Game-Worn Source of the NBA, offers collectors the highest standards of
authenticity, integrity and reliability for an exciting array of game-worn and
game-used items. Every game-worn and game-used item comes directly off the
backs of the NBA’s greatest players and directly off the courts from the
league’s most exciting events under the watchful eyes of an NBA or MeiGray
Authentication Program representative.
Every item offered by NBA and
MeiGray is authenticated and registered into the NBA Authentication Program
Database. Every item is worthy of a Hall of Fame-caliber sports
collection because every item is unconditionally guaranteed for life to be
game-worn or game-used.
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ABOUT THE NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around three
professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s
National Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League. The league
has established a major international presence with games and programming in
215 countries and territories in 47 languages and NBA merchandise for sale in
more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on 6 continents. NBA rosters at
the start of the 2013-14 season featured a record 92 international players from
39 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, which
is available in 60 million U.S. homes, and NBA.com, which set a record last
year with more than 9.5 billion page views, with more than half of all visitors
originating from outside of North America. The NBA is the No. 1
professional sports league on social media, with more than 500 million likes
and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through
NBA Cares, the league and its teams and players have donated more than $230
million to charity, completed more than 2.8 million hours of hands-on community
service, and created more than 860 places where kids and families can live,
learn, or play.
ABOUT THE MEIGRAY GROUP
MeiGray is a sports memorabilia company that has sold and authenticated more
than 50,000 game-used items since its formation in 1997. MeiGray partners with
the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and 9 of its 30
teams, the NFL’s San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins, USA Hockey, the
United States Tennis Association, and the ECHL. MeiGray has donated more than
2,000 jerseys to a variety of national and international charities through its
team and league relationships and is honored to work with the NBA, Jason
Collins, GLSEN and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading
national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all
students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child
learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or
gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where
difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more
vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN's research, educational
resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator
training initiatives, visit www.glsen.org.
ABOUT MATTHEW SHEPARD FOUNDATION
The Matthew Shepard
Foundation empowers individuals to embrace human dignity and diversity through
outreach, advocacy and resources, effecting positive change. The foundation
seeks to replace hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance through its
varied educational outreach and advocacy programs and by continuing to tell
Matthew’s story. For more information, visit http://www.matthewshepard.org/ .