06/25/2013 12:19 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Anthony Nicodemo, Gay High School Basketball Coach Outside New York City, Comes Out To His Team

Out Sports

Anthony Nicodemo thought yesterday would never come. Growing up in a traditional New York Italian family, the high school basketball coach heard jokes and gay slurs. Sports, where he has worked all of his adult life, was a place to hide your sexual orientation, not declare it.

Yet there he was Monday afternoon, standing before his Saunders High School basketball team in Yonkers with sweaty palms and butterflies churning his stomach, about to come out to his players. While Nicodemo had decided long ago his sexual orientation couldn't mix with his professional life, that was suddenly about to change.

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