ST. PETER, Minn. (KEYC) — St. Peter’s High School senior Alex Bosacker is a three-sport athlete heading to Southwest Minnesota State University on an athletic scholarship.
“To be able to be who I am and have everyone love me so much, even more now,” Bosacker said. “I’m so much more open with them and happier, the support has been amazing.”
Bosacker is openly gay and has found support from his school, his team and his coach. Bosacker says head coach Sean Keating was one of the first people he spoke to and helped him get known to others.
“I’m extremely proud of Alex, how far he’s come and his growth as a person,” Keating said. “That’s what makes coaching rewarding.”
In February, while St. Peter was playing New Ulm, a player hurled a homophobic slur at Bosacker. Since then, the team and the city of Saint-Pierre have rallied behind him.
“Having like the fan section dress up for me and the community, it’s kind of crazy,” Bosacker said. “People are changing their profile picture to the Saints logo with the pride in it. It’s really unbelievable.
Keating strives to promote a family-like team spirit with things like Mental Health Wednesdays, where players share what they’re going through with other players.
“We try to focus on the things we can control, which for us is how we care about each other, our efforts, our attitude and the things we can do to make a difference,” Keating said.
Throughout everything Bosacker has been through over the past four years at St. Peter, both on and off the court, the multi-sport athlete is grateful for the support.
“We feel safe and that you are safe. If something happens, everyone will be there to support you, and it’s really nice and makes you feel comfortable being who you are,” Bosacker said.
New Ulm Public Schools has issued an apology for the incident and says the student involved has been disciplined.
The City of New Ulm will host a unity event to show support for the LGBTQ+ community at 1 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Center and Broadway streets.
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