Nassib, who became the first openly gay active player in the NFL’s 103-year history when he publicly came out in 2021, will continue working with the National Football League on matters of “diversity, equity, and inclusion” and its philanthropic endeavors. “I think that I can provide a very rare and specific view of how life is for an out gay player, and I think that there are some amazing opportunities that I can also learn,” he tells PEOPLE. While his “specific role and title” are “still being figured out” with the NFL, Nassib says he’s encouraged by the league’s excitement to continue working with him. “Maintaining that relationship shows that the NFL is continuing to support me. They’ve supported me so much over the last two years, and I really couldn’t have done it without that support,” he says.
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The Nassib hopes his forthcoming work with the league “continues to show people that you can be yourself and compete at the highest level.” Nassib talked to PEOPLE in Oct. 2022 about thinking up the idea for Rayze five years earlier, when he was volunteering in Tampa at a juvenile detention facility located “half a mile from a team of millionaires” and “a family of billionaires” who could have been helping the kids. “Nobody knew that these kids, 14-year-olds who were given Dr. Seuss books, were right there. So I left that day, and I was, like, ‘There needs to be an app,’ ” he said at the time. The success of Rayze has grown exponentially since its launch, so much so that the organization entered a new partnership with Volunteer Match.