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LeadBLUE: Wellesley Athletics Welcomes Schuyler Bailar on Feb. 6, 2023

Schuyler Bailar (Sydney Claire Photography)
Schuyler Bailar (Sydney Claire Photography)

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Wellesley College Athletics will welcome Schuyler Bailar, an internationally-celebrated inspirational speaker, author, and advocate for trans inclusion and mental health awareness and the first transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division I men's team, as part of its LeadBLUE Speaker Series on Monday, February 6 at 7:00 PM EST in the Jewett Arts Center Auditorium. The event is sponsored by Friends of Wellesley Athletics and is open to all student-athletes and members of the Wellesley College campus community.

By the age of 15, Schuyler was one of the nation's top-20 15-year-old breast-strokers. By 17, he set a national age-group record. In college, he swam for Harvard University, on the winningest Harvard team in 50 years. Schuyler's difficult choice – to transition while potentially giving up the prospect of being an NCAA Champion – was historic and timely. His story has appeared everywhere from 60 Minutes to The Ellen Show. Schuyler's tireless advocacy of inclusion through public speaking and social media (@pinkmantaray) has earned him numerous notable honors.

Wellesley's LeadBLUE program cultivates the growth of leaders within athletics, in the classroom, and beyond. In alignment with the mission of the college, this program prepares student-athletes for effective, practical leadership, instills the values of discipline, critical thinking, and responsibility in their pursuit of excellence.

Wellesley Athletics strives for excellence at the conference, regional, and national levels, while providing opportunities for students to achieve their potential and learn the values of discipline, leadership, critical thinking, and responsibility to oneself and others.