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Bruce Arena to Receive Spirit of Courage Award

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LA Galaxy Head Coach and General Manager will receive an award honoring his role with LGBT athletes in pro sports

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LA Galaxy head coach and general manager Bruce Arena will be honored with the Spirit of Courage award during the Courage Campaign Institute's Fifth Annual Spirit of Courage Awards on Thursday, September 24th at Union Station in Los Angeles.

The Spirit of Courage award, which honors those who display courage and fight for a more fair and just society, will be presented to Arena by Los Angeles Galaxy fullback Robbie Rogers.

Arena played a significant role in convincing Robbie Rogers to join the Galaxy and return to soccer after retiring and coming out about his sexuality, and has since helped him develop into one of the Galaxy's most important players as well as a role model for LGBT athletes.

Since returning to soccer and signing with the Galaxy in 2013, Rogers has developed into one of Major League Soccer's best fullbacks under Arena, who helped him transition from midfield to a defensive role during the 2014 season. Rogers has made 43 appearances since signing with the Galaxy, scoring one goal and adding six assists.

The ceremony during which Bruce Arena will be presented with the award will begin at 7:30 PM PT at Union Station, with a cocktail hour beginning at 6:30 PM PT. Tickets may be purchased here.

The Courage Campaign Institute is a non-profit organization that encourages progressive attitudes in California and the rest of the United States. For more information about the Institute, visit CourageCampaign.org