May 16, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The captains of the UConn men's hockey team have made part two of their public service announcement to support the You Can Play Project to help put an end to homophobia in sports. Captains Sean Ambrosie, Alex Gerke, Billy Latta and Brant Harris have combined to promote the "Captain's Challenge".
The Captain's Challenge states: As a team captain, I pledge to respect the talents and work of all my teammates. I will encourage my teammates to speak up for each other when confronted with slurs of any sort in the locker room or on the playing field. And I'll start discussions that promote the acceptance of all of my teammates in order to build trust and a winning ethic.
The Captain's Challenge follows UConn hockey's original PSA to support the You Can Play Project's goal of ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.
Below is information from the previous release regarding the You Can Play Project.
"I think us getting involved with the You Can Play Project just fits into our goal to continue to grow our program and to improve hockey in the community," said UConn junior captain Sean Ambrosie. "We really wanted to step up and show some leadership to tell the world about how we feel about the game of hockey. If you can play, you can play. It doesn't matter your sexuality."
The You Can Play Project was created by the late Brendan Burke, son of Brian Burke, General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The mission of the organization is to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete and be judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport or their team's success.
You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete's skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.
"This is a project that the players brought forward to the coaching staff," said head coach Bruce Marshall. "They thought it would be a good way to bring attention to issues that are out there and are prevalent on college campuses and in the real world. I give them credit for taking the lead on this and showing the initiative to support a good cause."