The Lakers of Grand Valley State University are having a big week with the school’s baseball and softball teams playing in the Division II World Series. And, the Lakers join the You Can Play team in supporting diversity and inclusion for all athletes – the first Division II school to join. The Allendale, Michigan school hosts 20 intercollegiate sports (11 for women – nine for men) that compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), winning eight straight Directors’ Cup titles (Best NCAA division II Athletic Program in the Nation) from 2004 – 2011.
GVSU’s eight total titles are tops all-time in DII. The prestigious award is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Learfield Sports and USA TODAY to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country. The You Can Play video project at GVSU was student-led, featuring student-athletes in several different sports as well Athletic Director Tim Selgo.
Student-athletes appearing in the video include Brent Showerman, Stephen Fuelling (men’s track), Dani Crandall, Alex Stelfox, Briauna Taylor (women’s basketball), Derek Mead (men’s swimming), Jasmine Ramahi (women’s diving), Alyssa Sharrad and KC Christopher (women’s softball).
The video was produced and filmed by Joe Miller, Alex Gillis and Mark Switzer, with Switzer providing editing services, and with the assistance of AD Selgo, the GVSU student-athletes and Athletics Department and the GVSU LGBT Resource Center.