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Update: The International Triathlon Union reverses “propaganda” rule on LGBTQ symbols in races

The International Triathlon Union reversed a rule change that would have banned rainbow flags or other symbols of LGBTQ pride under a propaganda ban. You Can Play applauds the new decision and will continue to work with the ITU and other sport governing bodies and leagues to create environments for all athletes to compete at their best.  Read More »

College Athletics Veteran, IBM Diversity Exec Join You Can Play Board to Fight Homophobia in Sports

You Can Play Project announced today that it has added two new members to its Board of Directors: America East Conference commissioner Amy Huchthausen, and IBM diversity and LGBTQ markets development executive Kimberley Messer. Read More »

Scotiabank is Supporting You Can Play with a $20,000 Donation to Promote Inclusion in Sport

Scotiabank is continuing its support of You Can Play with a $20,000 donation to support educational outreach to university and kids’ community hockey leagues through complementary LGBTQ+ inclusion in hockey workshops and resources. Read More »

You Can Play names Ryan Pettengill as its executive director

Non-profit executive and Ironman athlete Ryan Pettengill has been named executive director of You Can Play. Read More »

You Can Play awarded 2017 IOC Trophy for Sport Beyond Borders

On Saturday, November 25, the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Awards and Recognition Committee presented the 2017 International Olympic Committee Trophy for Sport Beyond Borders to You Can Play. Read More »

Statement on NHL Draft Being Awarded to Dallas

Laws targeting members of the LGBTQ community should give the NHL reason to consider its options in awarding the 2018 NHL Entry Draft to Dallas. Read More »

You Can Play Supports NWHL in Landmark Gender Policy

The NWHL has been a committed partner of You Can Play and is committed to creating an inclusive and respectful environment for its players, coaches, and fans. We are proud of the NWHL policy for the inclusion of transgender athletes in the league, and believe it to be the most inclusive gender policy in women's professional sports. Read More »

Los Angeles Valiant establish unprecedented partnership with You Can Play

The LA Valiant are the first esports organization, franchise, or team to join the social change movement. Read More »

U.S. Soccer Partners With You Can Play

U.S. Soccer partners with You Can Play. U.S. Men's and Women's Naitonal Teams will wear pride-inspired numbers during June friendlies. Jerseys will be auctioned off to raise funds for You Can Play.  Read More »

You Can Play Seeks Applicants for Executive Director

The Executive Director has ultimate responsibility for the development and operation of the organization by working with You Can Play staff to implement the programs, priorities and strategies identified by the Board of Directors and execute on You Can Play’s mission. The Executive Director will be responsible for operational leadership, fundraising, organization and program development, public relations, management of staff, community engagement and partnerships. The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors. Read More »

Patrick Burke Leaves You Can Play; Brian Kitts Assumes Role as President

The You Can Play Project today announced that co-founder and president Patrick Burke has retired from the organization that promotes LGBTQ inclusion in sports. Brian Kitts will assume the role of president of You Can Play. Kitts, one of the organization’s co-founders, is a Denver-based entertainment marketing executive and professor of sports marketing at the University of Denver. Read More »

NHL Announces Hockey Is For Everyone Month

Every day throughout February, Hockey Is For Everyone activities will focus awareness on such areas as LGBTQ; ethnicity and gender equality; socio-economic status and those with disabilities. The campaign is conducted in partnership with the You Can Play Project -- a nonprofit committed to supporting the LGBTQ community and fighting homophobia in sports. Read More »

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You Can Play is proud to note the support of teams and companies associated with the Anschutz Entertainment Group. Read More »

Looking Back On An Incredible Year

Happy new year! Before getting into what has made this year so special, we want to first say thank you to all of the athletes, coaches, and fans that have helped to make 2016 one of the most monumental years for You Can Play yet.  Read More »

You Can Play Statement Regarding Harrison Browne of the NWHL

The NWHL has been a committed partner and strong advocate for the message that You Can Play seeks to spread. We commend Harrison Browne's courage and will continue work with the NWHL to help promote an environment within hockey where Harrison and all athletes can thrive based on their ability to play, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Read More »

Team USA Athlete and LGBTQ Advocate Chris Mosier Joins the You Can Play Team as Vice President

The You Can Play Project announces today that Chris Mosier will join You Can Play as Vice President of Program Development and Community Relations. Mosier competed for Team USA in the 2016 Duathlon World Championships held in Spain in July and is the first transgender man to qualify for a men’s national team. Mosier has an expansive history as an advocate for LGBTQ rights and support in athletics, and most recently served as Executive Director of GO! Athletes, an LGBTQ sports advocacy organization geared towards college and high school athletes. Read More »

NWHL Partners With You Can Play

The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) today announced a partnership with You Can Play beginning in the 2016-17 season. NWHL is First U.S. Women’s League to Partner With YCP.  Read More »

You Can Play Supports the NBA’s Decision to Move the 2017 All-Star Game from North Carolina

The NBA will relocate the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, which was originally scheduled to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. The move is in response to the North Carolina's House Bill 2 (HB2) that was passed earlier this year. You Can Play applauds the NBA's decision and the the public commitment to the inclusion of the LGBT community. Read More »

Jolly Fish Press to Join Effort with You Can Play in Support of Inclusivity for LGBTQ Athletes

Jolly Fish Press (JFP) has partnered with You Can Play in an unprecedented sale event starting from June 21 through June 30, 2016 offering a 30% discount for Mia Siegert’s highly-acclaimed debut, Jerkbait with $1 of each sale going to You Can Play. Read More »

CFL Launches New You Can Play Apparel Line to Promote and Support LGBTQ Inclusion in Sport

The Canadian Football League (CFL) and You Can Play have launched a joint apparel line today that will bring fans and players together to promote inclusivity and acceptance. Read More »

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