When the Undergraduate Council voted last spring to allocate $1,000 to combat homophobia on campus, members expected a competitive bidding process.
Months later, with a looming deadline for submission, they have perhaps as few as one.
Cliff S. Davidson '02, a co-founder of the social group BOND, submitted his request last week, hoping to spend the money to pay prominent athletes to speak on homosexuality in sports.
Reggie Rivers, a television broadcaster for ABC who played for the Denver Broncos, charges at least $1,500 per speech. Rivers, who is not gay, advocates tolerance in professional sports.
Davidson also hopes to pay the fee for David Kopay, an NFL running back from 1962-72 who publicly disclosed his homosexuality in 1975 and subsequently had several offers for coaching positions withdrawn. Kopay charges at least $1,000 per speaking appearance, the application states.
According to the grant application, BOND has $1,216.65 to spend, and estimates the total cost of the event at $3,725.
Two openly gay Harvard athletes, including water polo player Michael E. Crosby '02, would also speak at the event, as would Jennifer Allard, Harvard's head softball coach who is also a first-year proctor.
The deadline for further applications is 5 p.m. today.
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