“(Our teammates) respect who we are as people. They don’t try to ostracize us (from the team) because we might like men, or we might like women. It wasn’t a divisive-type environment whatsoever.”

USC sophomore middle blocker and USA Volleyball Junior National Team captain Sam Lewis is a force to be reckoned with on the volleyball court. He is also an openly-gay student-athlete. On National Coming Out Day (October 11, 2018), Lewis tells his coming out story and his journey of learning to love the person he is.