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All Invited to You Can Play Luncheon

When: Apr 10, 2014 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
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All Invited to You Can Play Luncheon

Related Webpage: youcanplayproject.org.

Join us for a light lunch as we celebrate the completion
of the UW-Superior You Can Play video
April 10, 2014 -- 11:45 a.m. ~ 1:00 p.m.
Yellowjacket Union Great Room

This event celebrates the completion of an important human rights project. Our entire university family and the Twin Ports community are invited to participate in the exciting culmination of this nearly year-long endeavor. The event will feature a taped message from Derek Schell, the first openly gay NCAA Division II basketball player from Hillsdale College and our guest of honor will be Scott Cooper, a 2013 graduate of Augsburg College who played two seasons as an "out" gay member of their football team. The event will culminate with the public unveiling of the UW-Superior You Can Play video.

We hope you will attend and lend your support to this history-making event at our university!


The Project

UWS is the first university in the state of Wisconsin to participate in the national You Can Play Project. You Can Play is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation. You Can Play works 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. You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete's skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.

Nearly 70 student-athletes and coaches at UWS have participated in the filming of a video that declares their commitment to making their locker rooms and fields/courts of competition, safe spaces for LGBT athletes. The video will then be uploaded to the You Can Play national website joining professional, collegiate and high school sports team across the nation who have also taken the pledge. Additionally, participants in the video project undergo three hours of Safe Zone/Ally training to equip them with the necessary skills to assist LGBT athletes who might seek support from their coaches and teammates.

You Can Play is a collaborative effort with Athletics, Gender Equity, and a Graduate Counseling faculty member. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Tami Susens at tsusens@uwsuper.edu.

Event Contact: Tammy Fanning | tfanning{atuws}
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