An Out On Bay Street Partner Showcase – You Can Play and the OOBS Case Competition
“You Can Play shows coaches, team captains and players how important it is to focus on skills and work ethic, not personal differences.”
Glenn Witman, Co-Founder of You Can Play and Founder of GForce Sports
Founded on the principle that ability, not sexuality or gender expression make the athlete, You Can Play has been addressing homophobia in sports since 2012. YCP strives to ensure safety for LGBTQ+ athletes, coaches and fans. Through education and events, You Can Play has been driving inclusion from the locker room to the field.
The organization was founded by a score of talented members of the athletic community who recognize the extent to which homophobic attitudes can impact the performance and life of an athlete.
A scout for the Philadelphia Flyers and son of former Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager.
Was an athlete and student manager at Miami University for the RedHawks men’s hockey team and the youngest son of Brian Burke. With the love and support of his family, Brendan became an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights in athletics until his untimely death in 2010. You Can Play was founded in his memory.
Start Proud is featuring You Can Play at the 2017 Out On Bay Street Conference. The Out On Bay Street Case Competition will bring together qualifying students who will have an opportunity to pitch a solution for a challenge that YCP is currently facing. The winning team will have a chance to make a real impact as YCP implements their solution into their expansion strategy.
“This is a project that lets gay athletes tell their stories and talk about what makes them great”
Brian Kitts, Director of Marketing Communications and Business Development at the City of Denver