Skullcandy recently released a rainbow colorway of its Aviator headphones in partnership with Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring equality for athletes regardless of race, gender and sexual orientation.
Athlete Ally was started by three-time NCAA All-America wrestler Hudson Taylor. Working as a volunteer assistant coach at Columbia University, Taylor noticed the widespread use of homophobic language in the sports world, and he now travels the country to spread messages of equality, respect and inclusion.
Athlete Ally promotes public awareness of discrimination against gays and transgender athletes; provides educational programming, tools and resources to help foster inclusive sports communities; and recruits ambassadors from youth, collegiate-level, professional and international sports. The Ambassadors include MLB Hall-of-Famer Yogi Berra, pro tennis player Andy Roddick, NBA power forward Kenneth Faried, standout soccer star Abby Wambach, MMA fighter Rashad Evans, NFL linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, and NFL wide receiver Donte Stallworth, who took to Twitter to support Michael Sam.
Another way Athlete Ally advances its mission is through its collaboration with Skullcandy, whose "Principle 6" headphones take their name from the sixth principle of the Olympic Charter: "Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement." Fifty percent of the profits from sales of Skullcandy's Principle 6 headphones go to Athlete Ally.
The headphones have synthetic leather padding around the ears for a comfortable fit and a noise-isolating seal. They also fold up into a compact shape for travel, contain an in-line mic (compatible with your phone) for voice calls, and have a detachable cord to reduce tangling. Check them out here and support a great cause.
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