Dave Pallone, best-selling author of "Behind the Mask: My Double Life in Baseball" and acclaimed diversity advocate and speaker, will speak in the USM's Corthell Hall, at 6 p.m., Thursday, February 9. His presentation is free and open to the public. Pallone has brought his presentations, "Who's Really on First" and "The Best Seat in the House but You Have to Stand," to hundreds of college campuses, sharing his insight and wisdom with students, athletic departments and staffs.
A former Major League Baseball umpire, Pallone’s best-selling autobiography "Behind the Mask: My Double Life in Baseball" is celebrating its 20th anniversary and has recently been republished. Pallone’s autobiography offers a revealing look at baseball through the eyes of a gay man.
Pallone has been featured in ESPN’s documentary “Homophobia in Sports” as well as ESPN’s "Outside the Lines." A keynote speaker at the NCAA Life Skills Conference, Pallone’s efforts have made a significant contribution to educating and enlightening people about the reality of sexual orientation, shedding light on this important and significant topic on university and college campuses.
The University of Southern Maine Athletic Department, with the aid of an NCAA Educational Affairs Grant, is able to support this student-athlete educational program. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our student-athletes to get a unique perspective on a variety of topics from Pallone,” noted USM Director of Athletics Al Bean. “Dave’s experiences in Major League Baseball, both professionally and personally, teach important lessons about inclusivity and diversity. He is an engaging and entertaining speaker.”
Pallone will also be leading a workshop with members of USM's Athletics Department staff. Pallone is on the NCAA’s preferred speakers list for diversity and he has given over 700 interviews for television, radio and print. The NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs Grant Program awards monetary funds to NCAA member institutions to fund student-athlete development and health and safety related programming. Funding for this program is made possible by a Tier II grant from the NCAA specifically for diversity education.