Adams State will show film “Training Rules”

(04-02-2014)

Rene Portland with Pride flag

Pictured, Rene Portland with Pride flag.

The documentary, Training Rules, examines how women's collegiate sports, caught in a web of homophobic practices, colludes in the destruction of the lives and dreams of many of its most talented athletes. Adams State University CIELO is sponsoring a free showing of the film at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in McDaniel Hall 101.

Rene Portland had three training rules during her 26 years coaching basketball at Pennsylvania State University no drinking, no drugs and no lesbians. Training Rules, examines how a wealthy athletic department, enabled by the silence of a complacent university, allowed talented athletes, thought to be gay, to be dismissed from their college team. The film follows the lawsuit filed in 2006 against Portland and Penn State by student athlete Jennifer Harris. This high profile case ignited the world of women's collegiate sports. It inspired the discussions so sorely needed to end discrimination based on sexual orientation that pervades all organized sport.

Training Rules is directed by Dee Mosbacher and produced by Fawn Yacker. For more information contact Carol Guerrero-Murphy at cgmurphy@adams.edu or 719-587-7386.