When one door closes, another one opens.
After former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler had an undisclosed church speaking engagement in Wisconsin cancel on him because he expressed congratulations to NBA player Jason Collins for coming out as gay, it didn’t take long for another church to offer a similar opportunity.
In the wake of the cancelled event, Butler had received national attention, appearing on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.
Butler will speak on Sunday at St. Dustan’s Episcopal Church on University Ave. in Madison at 12:30 p.m. A speech on anti-bullying will take place followed by a Q&A session.
According to St. Dustan’s website, there will be limited seating and preference will be given to youth groups that have RSVPed ahead of time.
Following the speech, the public is welcome to an autograph-signing event by Butler from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
As described at the church’s website: “The public is warmly invited to a gathering on our grounds that will include food, a raffle, activities, opportunities to purchase LeRoy Butler memorabilia, and information about the Dean Clinic’s ‘Be a Buddy’ anti-bullying campaign. All are welcome! Please park next door at Asbury United Methodist Church, at 6101 University Avenue.”
Also on Sunday, Packers cornerback Casey Hayward will be acting as grand marshal of the Independence Day parade in his hometown of Perry, Ga.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be the Grand Marshal of this parade for my hometown. The City of Perry means so much to me and everyone there as well,” Hayward is quoted as saying by WarnerRobinsPatriot.com.
The parade is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. and will be preceded by an autograph signing, as advertised on Hayward’s own Facebook page at 351 General Courtney Hodges Blvd. in Perry.