Northern Illinois University is one of the latest Universities to join the You Can Play Project, producing a video stressing the message that regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity -- At NIU, you can play "because we're Huskies". Their video includes messages from President Dr. Douglas D. Baker as well as Sean T. Frazier, the school's Athletic Director. Located in Dekalb, Illinois, NIU has a student body of over 25,000 and is a member of the Mid-American Conference.
NIU joins the you can play project with the message that athletes should only be judged "by their talent, work ethic and chatacter" and are advocates of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender athletes. The Huskies pride themselves on "building a winning culture while maintaining an inclusive environment for all students."