K-State's Scott Frantz trying to help others by sharing that he's gay
Three weeks ago Kansas State offensive tackle Scott Frantz went on national TV and told the world he was gay. Frantz becomes just the second active player in division one football to be openly gay.
While Frantz has just recently come out to the public his K-State teammates have known for over a year. He told his fellow Wildcats before the 2016 season.
"You know it's as though nothing, so what? so to speak. They handled it absolutely fine." said Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder.
With Frant'z teammates already supporting him the surrounding communities also backed the sophomore from Lawrence, Kansas.
"In terms of the reaction it's been nothing but positivity. People here in Manhattan, the Lawrence community, both communities have welcomed me with open arms," said Frantz. "Obviously the players and coaches are continuing to still welcome me in with open arms."
After the national interview Frantz has had numerous people reach out to tell him how he's impacted their lives.
"I've had at least a couple hundred people reach out to me whether it be mail-email, most of it in today's age is social media," said Frantz. "Either saying 'wow what an inspiration' or other kids who are in my position saying like 'wow your story has given me so much hope. Has given me so much' you know...I guess hope is the right word."
Frantz's mission from the very beginning has been to help kids who are going through the same things he has gone through.
"A lot of kids struggle with that and a lot of kids are still continually killing themselves over this subject and that's why I did this. I want to reach out to those kids who are struggling and tell them it's not as big of a deal as people make it out to be," said Frantz.
Snyder said there has been some negative feedback but Frantz knows not to pay any attention to it.
"He strongly believes this. Who is important to him? Who are the people who are important in his life and those are the people who he cherishes their thoughts and opinions," said Snyder.
"You just got to help out people whenever you can. That's what life is all about, you can't go through it alone," said Frantz. "If I can reach out to just one person and help them not hate themselves...the people who feel hopeless, if I can reach out to just one person and potentially save their life that's all that matters and that's all I wanted to do."