Rugby God Ben Cohen Is A Knockout At Boxers
(Ben Cohen, center, with the Gotham Knights @ Boxers)
Who is 6'2" and 225 pounds of muscle, has a hot British accent and stands up for the gay community? UK rugby superstar Ben Cohen (as if you didn't know!). Cohen was on hand at Boxers on Sunday, joining the merry men of Gotham Knights Rugby Football Club for a special fundraiser and meet-and-greet. The World Cup champion teamed up with Gotham to raise more than $13,000 for the Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation, the Gay-Staight Lesbian Education Network, and Gotham Knights Rugby Football Club.
Other VIPs on hand at the event included MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts NY State Assembly Member Daniel J. O'Donnell and wrestler/AthleteAlly.org founder Hudson Taylor, who all came out to support Cohen's Acceptance Tour,which has him crossing the nation to speak out against homophobia and bullying. Cohen, who just announced his retirement from rugby, has been a staunch straight ally to the LGBT community for years.
After the party, auction winners accompanied Cohen to a live taping of Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live! on Bravo later that night, when he was scheduled to be a guest along with Gretchin Rossi and Kara DioGuardi. One raffle winner received a personal workout session with the champ at New York Sports Club , followed by a BBQ dinner in a swanky Chelsea apartment. Talk about up close and personal!