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You Can Play - Fall 2015 Newsletter

You Can Play Project's Fall 2015 Newsletter. Read More »

Patrick Burke’s Acceptance Speech from ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards Show

You Can Play Co-Founder Patrick Burke accepted the first Stuart Scott ENSPIRE award at ESPN's Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards for the organization's work on behalf of LGBT athletes, coaches, and fans. Read More »

National Education Association Recognizes You Can Play for Creative Leadership in Human Rights

You Can Play is being honored by educators at the state and national level for work on behalf of LGBT students and straight allies. The Virginia Uribe Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights is being given by the National Education Association to You Can Play this week. Read More »

ESPN Honors You Can Play with Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award

You Can Play is one of the winners of the inaugural Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award, honoring the late broadcaster, and part of ESPN's Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards program. Read More »

You Can Play Statement on Montreal Alouettes’ Signing of Michael Sam

"All of us at You Can Play are excited to see Michael Sam taking the next step in his football career as a member of the Montreal Alouettes. We have been standing alongside Michael from the beginning..." Read More »

Limited Edition You Can Play - Pride 2015 Shirts Available Through May 20th

Show your support for the You Can Play Project with our limited edition tank top! Read More »

Just a Reminder, Sports Fans…

As an organization, You Can Play is dedicated to ensuring the safety and inclusion of all athletes, coaches, and fans... Read More »

You Can Play to Host Inclusion Panel at NABC Convention

On April 4th, the You Can Play project will host an Inclusion Panel as part of a professional development series at the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Convention in Indianapolis. The panel will take place at the Indiana Convention Center and will feature athletes and coaches discussing techniques for coaches to help LGBTQ players in their locker rooms. Read More »

You Can Play Celebrates Third Anniversary with Additions to Leadership and Development Grant

You Can Play celebrated its third anniversary today by announcing the addition of two highly regarded staff members and a major grant award to assist in the organization’s fight against homophobia in sports. Read More »

Three Years of “If You Can Play, You Can Play”

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You Can Play - 2014 Year In Review

It's been a big year for the You Can Play Project and our mission to change the culture of locker rooms and fan venues. Here are five big events that show a message of inclusion and diversity, including for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender athletes and fans, is making a difference. Read More »

Ontario Softball Continues to Lead Women’s LGBT Inclusion Efforts

The Ontario Intercollegiate Women's Fastpitch Association was the first women's group to produce a You Can Play video. Now, they're showcasing OIWFA's, and softball's, commitment to LGBT inclusion in women's sports. Read More »

You Can Play Teams with Canadian Football League

The Canadian Football Leage and its Players Association have teamed with You Can Play to promote inclusion and diversity in sports, including for LGBT athletes and fans. Read More »

You Can Play Teams Up for World Pride

Toronto's sports teams and the Canadian Olympic Committee will join You Can Play during Sunday's World Pride parade. Read More »

You Can Play to Represent USA at United Nations

You Can Play will represent the United States at a discussion of inclusion in sports when the United Nations Human Rights Council meets in Geneva on Monday. Co-founder Brian Kitts will speak on behalf of You Can Play. Read More »

Edmonton Oilers Captain Andrew Ference Joins Pride Parade

Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference will represent You Can Play in the city's annual Pride parade. Read More »

Detroit City FC Sets Standard with LGBT-inclusive Jersey

Detroit City Football Club is partnering with You Can Play in an effort to promote diversity in its league and in soccer as a sport. Read More »

UMass’ Derrick Gordon Becomes First Openly Gay D1 Basketball Player

Univeristy of Massachusetts basketball player Derrick Gordon becomes the first openly gay Division One college basketball player. Read More »

Cameron Carpenter Becomes You Can Play Musical Ambassador

A new breed of musician, virtuoso composer and organist Cameron Carpenter, joins the You Can Play team as a musical ambassador. Read More »

The Sun Sets on a Russian Olympics and New Era Dawns in North American Sports

The sun sets on the Russian Olympics and a new day dawns for gay athletes in North America. Read More »

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