About Pat Griffin, Founding Director

Pat Griffin is the Founding Director of Changing the Game.

She is a Professor Emeritus in the Social Justice Education Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the former Director of It Takes A Team! Education Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Issues in Sport, an initiative of the Women’s Sports Foundation.  Pat wrote a book entitled, Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbian and Homophobia in Sports, published by Human Kinetics, 1998.  She is also co-editor of Teaching For Diversity and Social Justice: A Sourcebook for Teachers and Trainers, Routledge, 2007.  In addition, she is the author of Pat Griffin’s LGBT Sports Blog. Her research and writing interests focus on heterosexism/homophobia in education, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teachers and students, and heterosexism/homophobia in athletics.

For the past 25 years Pat has led seminars on diversity issues and lesbian and gay issues in athletics at numerous colleges and universities as well as at coaches and athletic administrators’ association meetings around the United States and Canada.  She is acknowledged as one of the pioneers and leaders in addressing LGBT issues in sports.  She serves as an expert consultant on this topic for numerous articles in the press, on television and in periodical publications.  Pat has appeared on ESPN Outside the Lines and Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith, HBO Real Sports and ABC Sports. In 2006, Pat was named among the 100 Champions by the Gay Games Federation. In 2007 Pat was named one of the top 100 sport educators in the United States by the Institute for International Sport and named a Woman of Honor by the University of Maryland in 2008.  She received the R. Tait McKenzie Award from the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in 2011.

Dr. Griffin played basketball and field hockey and swam at the University of Maryland and taught high school physical education and coached high school basketball and field hockey in Silver Spring, Maryland.   She also coached swimming and diving at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She was a member of the U.S. Field Hockey squad in 1971. She won a bronze medal in the triathlon at Gay Games IV in 1994 and a gold medal in the hammer throw at Gay Games V in 1998. She has had short stories and first person accounts selected for publication in Sportdykes: Stories from on and Off the Field, Tomboys: Tales of Dyke Derring-Do, A Whole Other Ball Game: Women’s Literature on Women’s Sport, Whatever It Takes: Women on Women’s Sports.