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Jason Collins to throw out first pitch Thursday at Fenway Park

06.06.13 at 11:48 am ET

Jason Collins, the former Celtics center who this spring became the first active player in major pro sports to announce that he is gay, will throw out the first pitch before Thursday’s game at Fenway Park between the Red Sox and Rangers.

Collins, who was traded from the C’s to the Wizards in February, is a free agent.

The Red Sox reached out to Collins after his Sports Illustrated article in April detailing his struggles with his decision to come out. Collins will remain in town to march in the Boston Pride Parade on Saturday alongside his former Stanford roommate, Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III.

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