Gives Thanks

BY Advocate Contributors

November 16 2010 10:00 PM ET

AN EDITOR STRIPS FOR SCHOLARSHIP ZAK ROSEN X390 (COURTESY) | ADVOCATE.COM

Brendan Burke's Legacy

When it comes to gay rights and acceptance, the Burkes have become one of the most vocally supportive families in sports. Brendan Burke, a student manager for the Miami University hockey team, was also the son of Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke (pictured). Brendan came out in 2009 in an article for ESPN.com, making headlines for hockey fans in the U.S. and Canada. After 21-year-old Brendan was killed in a February car accident, his parents picked up his legacy by participating in Pride parades, launching an antibullying website to aid LGBT youths in Canada, and spearheading an internship program for students who aspire, as Brendan did, to work in hockey administration.

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