Schuyler Bailar and McLean School on NBC4Jan 9, 2020
Schuyler Bailar shared his powerful and moving life journey with the McLean School community this week. Bailar, a native Washingtonian, is the first openly transgender athlete to compete in any sport on a NCAA Division I Men’s team. Schuyler’s courageous choice – to be true to himself and transition while giving up the prospect of being an NCAA champion female swimmer at Harvard – was historic and timely, and has been recounted in The Washington Post, as well as 60 Minutes and The Ellen Show. In 2019 Schuyler graduated from Harvard having competed for four years on their most successful swim team in 50 years, finishing as the 8th fastest team in the country.
Schuyler’s evening presentation was open to the public and received local news coverage by NBC4 (seen in the video above). In addition, Schuyler presented twice to students, faculty, and staff during the day. In addition to speaking to his journey as a transgender athlete, his story is one of strength, courage, fear, empathy, and inclusion. Schuyler’s visit to our community is an example of McLean’s commitment to offer a transformative educational experience both in and outside of the classroom.