Temple University Athletics has been named as an LGBT SportSafe Founder Club member and also earned the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program GOLD Medallion.

The LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program was founded in 2016 by Nevin Caple and Dr. Eric Lueshen to help administrators understand how to implement inclusive programming, policies and public awareness initiatives within their respective athletic communities.

Member institutions that actively engage in inclusion will be rewarded with a Gold, Silver or Bronze medallion for the athletic department website.

The SportsSafe Founders Club reviewed Temple's history of initiatives for LGBT issues and determined that the school deserved to be honored.

"Nevin and I applaud Temple's leadership and commitment to LGBT inclusion in the American Athletic Conference," Lueshen said in a statement.

So far the other LGBT SportsSafe Founders Club member besides Temple are the University of Nebraska, Northwestern University, the University of Oregon and the America East Conference.

"Temple University is proud to be among an elite group of institutions at the forefront of LGBTQ inclusion in sports," said Director of Athletics Dr. Patrick Kraft in a statement released by the school. "At Temple we value diversity and the welfare of our 500-plus student-athletes..."