You Can Play

LGBTQ athletes. Allies. Teaming up for respect.

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Colorado State Campus Rec Department

The Colorado State Campus Rec Department is committed to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.

On the Fort Collins campus of Colorado State University, just one hour from Rocky Mountain National Park, the Colorado State Campus Rec Department wants it to be known that you'll be judged solely on your athletic ability.

From the Rams: “We value you. We value your experiences, your background, what you bring to our campus… We value the opportunity to share and learn from one another.”

The Rams at Colorado State University not only welcome athletes and participants of all backgrounds and identities, they celebrate them. CSU Campus Recreation joins the You Can Play movement by inviting all students, faculty, and community to come recreate and play.

CSU's Campus Recreation houses six program areas including Intramurals, Sport Clubs, Fitness, the Outdoor Program, Aquatics, and the Student Recreation Center. The department is dedicated to welcoming and celebrating participants from all backgrounds in each program area. The Student Recreation Center sees over 5,000 visitors each day and was specifically designed with inclusive spaces like gender inclusive restrooms and changing rooms.

“The focus for our You Can Play video was created by a student committee formed specifically for this task. Seven students from a variety of backgrounds decided that they not only wanted to take a stand for the GLBTQ population, but for students from all identities including gender, spirituality, income levels, body types, and more,” said communications manager, Brittany Heiring White. “The result is a video we are immensely proud of, as we feel it showcases the true commitment that not only Campus Recreation, but Colorado State University, has to inclusivity. It makes us so proud to be CSU Rams.”

Appearing in the video are Blanche Hughes, Vice President for Student Affairs at CSU; Erin Patchett, Assistant Director of Facilities for Campus Rec; Mitch Hodge, student and Climbing Wall Manager; Kasey Jones, student and Intramural Sports Manager; Ashton Webb, CSU alum and Member Services Assistant; Joe Williams, CSU alum and former Recreation Supervisor; Ashley Wylde, student and Aquatics and Marketing staff member; and Judy Muenchow, Executive Director of Campus Recreation.

Today, the athletes at Colorado State compete in 17 sponsored intercollegiate sports along with 8 other institutions in the Mountain West Conference. The school has won 9 MWC tournament championships and won or shared 11 regular season titles. The Rams’ championships include Mountain West football titles that they won or shared in 1999, 2000 and 2002.

We are proud to have the Rams of Colorado State University among the schools working 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.

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