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You Can Play Team at the US Olympic Committee Diversity Summit

You Can Play is honored to be coordinating and participating in the LGBT session at today's US Olympic Committee diversity summit at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

You Can Play co-founder Brian Kitts will moderate a panel discussion on LGBT issues. Wade Davis, executive director of You Can Play will serve on the panel and You Can Play co-founder Glenn Witman also will attend.

"It's a real honor to participate in this particular USOC program," said Kitts. "Any of us who do this type of work know how important every teammate can be. The chance to talk about how LGBT athletes and fans perceive sports, in an arena with truly global impact, is humbling. And, the USOC training center museum is one of the coolest places a sports fan can visit."

The panel will focus on three areas: Davis, a former NFL player, will steer conversations regarding athletes; Cyd Ziegler, the co-founder and editor of Outsports, will provide insight regarding LGBT issues in journalism; Heather Torch, research director at Community Marketing, Inc., will discuss LGBT audiences and messaging.

"This is a terrific opportunity for those who work in diversity, but who may not be deeply familiar with LGBT issues, to get some perspective on history and trends," Kitts said.

Also expected to attend and affiliated with LGBT groups are Akil Patterson representing Athlete Ally, Sean Smith representing Go! Athletes and Helen Caroll representing the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Brian, Glenn and Wade will post thoughts following today's events