The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Student-Athlete Advisory Committees have teamed up to produce a “You Can Play” video that was officially released on National Student-Athlete Day, Monday, April 6.
The video premiered at 12:15 p.m. in the Café in the Scandling Student Center.
The You Can Play Project is about playing a game – any game – and winning. Winning because athletes are allowed to be all the things their parents taught them to be growing up: honest, dedicated to achieving goals, hardworking and full of competitive spirit. There’s an assumption in sports that gay and lesbian players are shunned by all athletes. It’s just not true and You Can Play is dedicated to providing positive messages from athletes, coaches and fans.
The biggest names in sports, the smallest high school teams, and the most casual fans are coming forward to let athletes and fans alike know that LGBTQ players are welcome on their teams, in their locker rooms and in the stands. If you have skill, if you have work ethic, if you can skate, pass, shoot, run, jump, hit, row or play – then you can play.
You Can Play is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation. You Can Play works to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, 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.
National Student-Athlete Day is celebrated annually on April 6th. National Student-Athlete Day was designed to honor the outstanding achievements of high school and college student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics, while having made significant contributions to their schools and communities.