They then paired up with the Stonewall Community Foundation, which helped them find applicants and managed the scholarships on Gene and John’s behalf. In 2002, the newly named Gene & John Athletic Fund of Stonewall was launched at Gay Games VI in Sydney. Its mission is to promote a healthy and productive lifestyle through athletic endeavor, and to provide inspiring role models for gay, lesbian and transgender athletes of all ages. Additionally, the fund enables athletes to continue their education while pursuing athletics. This year, they awarded two recipients each $2,500 scholarships. Since its inception, the fund has given out more than $30,000 to LGBT athletes all over the United States.
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