Jason Collins, the NBA's first openly gay player, has been appointed to serve on President Barack Obama's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, the White House announced on Thursday.

Obama also tapped Food Network personality Rachel Ray, former NBA player Alonzo Mourning, ballet dancer Misty Copeland and Democratic staffer Robert Shepardson to serve on the council.

“I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country,” Obama said in a statement. “I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

Also on Thursday, Time Magazine named Collins, who came out gay in a Sports Illustrated cover story last year, to its list of “100 Most Influential People in the World,” placing his image on several regional covers.

“One goal that I have attained in my life that I'm very proud of is to have a positive impact on someone else's life,” Collins told Time. “Hopefully my actions will make it easier for them to live their life, to be whoever they want to be.”