RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Athletic Department prides itself on not only winning championships, but preparing its student-athletes to succeed no matter where their journey takes them.

Tuesday afternoon inside the HDL, Inc. Athletic Village provided another opportunity for VCU’s 280 student-athletes to grow outside of the classroom and playing field. The Rams were proud to host Hudson Taylor and Nevin Caple as part  of a diversity education workshop.

Each team spent an hour with the duo who were making their second trip to Richmond after spending time with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee earlier this year.

“Diversity plays a critical role in not only our athletic department, but also our university as a whole, and to bring in two individuals in Hudson and Nevin that are known across the country for their expertise and support was a no-brainer for us,” Associate AD for Academic Support and Associate Dean of Student Services Sofia Hiort-Wright said.

Taylor is a three-time Division I All-American wrestler, who is now a wrestling coach at Columbia University. In December of 2010, he founded Athlete Ally, an organization that encourages student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans to respect all individuals in sports, regardless of their perceived sexual orientation.

Caple played basketball at Fairleigh Dickinson University and is now the Br{ache the Silence (BTS), a campaign founded to advance LGBTQ inclusion in college athletics.