Helen J. Carroll joined National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) in August 2001 to lead NCLR’s Sports Project. The mission of the NCLR Sports Project is to create and ensure a sports culture where individuals may participate, free from sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. Carroll is known in the sports world as an acclaimed national championship basketball coach from the University of North Carolina-Asheville. She was a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Athletic Director for 12 years and now works closely with major national sports organizations including the San Francisco 49ers, the Women’s Sports Foundation and the NCAA.
Carroll is a dynamic speaker and has appeared on panels with the NCAA, Nike, the U.S. Tennis Association, The New York Times and many others. Her work appears in Dee Mosbacher’s award-winning film, Training Rules, Dr. Pat Griffin’s book, Strong Women, Deep Closets and the Outsports Revolution by Jim Buzinski and Cyd Ziegler, Jr. Carroll was recently named to the list of Most Powerful Lesbians in Curve Magazine.