“I came to Vanderbilt because I knew it would be an amazing place to live my full authentic life,” Horrocks said.
When Bree Horrocks decided she would pursue her final season of college basketball as a graduate transfer, the 6-foot-5-inch Purdue center had conversations with a number of interested coaches. Each time, Horrocks let coaches know their programs would be getting more than just a basketball student-athlete.
“I told every coach I talked to that I was openly gay, I was going to advocate for the community and speaking out for the LGBTQ-plus community was something I would do,” Horrocks said. “It had to be accepted, not tolerated.”
Horrocks’ approach to recruitment helped her quickly find a home with Vanderbilt women’s basketball and head coach Stephanie White. But it was her academic journey at Vanderbilt that has also sparked a potential career path in LGBTQ+advocacy for Horrocks.