STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut and its student-athletes have produced a new video that is highlighted on the YouCanPlay.com website. The video features a number of UConn student-athletes from a wide variety of sports and supports and highlights the mission of You Can Play.
You Can Play works to ensure safety and inclusion for all those who participate in sports, including LGBTQ athletes, coaches and fans. You Can Play believes sports teams should focus on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit, not their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
You Can Play was launched in 2012 by Patrick Burke of the NFL along with Brian Kitts, a sports and entertainment marketing executive, and Glenn Witman of GForce Sports. Brendan Burke, the brother of Patrick Burke and son of longtime NHL executive Brian Burke, made international headlines when he came out as openly gay in 2009. A few months after he came out, Brendan died in a car accident. You Can Play was founded in Brendan Burke’s honor.
For more information, please visit YouCanPlayProject.org