In 2007, John Amaechi (1994 graduate), All-Big Ten basketball player who had led Penn State to a “Top 10” ranking, revealed his homosexuality in his autobiography, Man in the Middle. The admission sparked national discussion over gays in professional sports.
Amaechi was awarded the Order of the British Empire by the Queen of England. An extremely high honor in Britain, the award is handed out to a select few individuals for their chivalry. Amaechi, a native of Manchester England, was given the honor for his work with children and human rights.