Watch: Out Cardinals Minor League Player Tyler Dunnington Keynotes LGBT Scholarship Celebration

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Out gay athlete Tyler Dunnington, a former St. Louis Cardinals minor league player, gave the keynote address at the Missouri Courage Scholarship (MCS) first anniversary celebration on Saturday at the Tower at OPOP (Old Post Office Plaza) downtown.

Dunnington, who lives in Seattle, spoke about his experience as a gay professional baseball player and the reasons he left the organization and decided to come out.

In its inaugural year, MCS has awarded scholarships to 8 outstanding LGBTQIA+ student leaders from across the state totaling over $10,000. 100% of donations in the first year went directly to student awards. MCS is fiscally sponsored by Pride St. Louis, Inc., and together, the two organizations awarded $20,000 in scholarships this year alone.