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UC Berkeley Athletics Promotes LGBT Support in 'You Can Play' Video: VIDEO


A new video released by UC Berkeley teams and Cal Athletics promotes support of openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender athletes at the university. The video is a continuation of the You Can Play Project, which began over a year ago but became even more prominent when the NHL announced a partnership in April of this year.  The campaign was started by the Toronto Maple Leaf hockey team's owner, Brian Burke, and his eldest son Patrick after the younger son, Brendan died in a car accident, having recently come out.  The project premiered in March 2012.  

In this new, collegiate-level video, students, coaches, and university officials repeat the refrain: "If you can play, you can play," to show their support for any athlete who possesses the skill and drive to be a part of a team.  

Loop 21 reports:

The idea for the video began in April when Heather Hargreaves, founder of the university’s Student Athlete Gay-Straight Alliance (SAGSA) met with Vanessa Garber, SAGSA’a co-chair.  

A second video is scheduled to be released this summer.

Could this video, and the forthcoming second installment, inspire other colleges to become involved in this important athletics campaign?   

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. How much did this cost?? How much are the promoters of this program paying themselves??...

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Jul 9, 2013 11:45:19 AM

  2. that last guy's heart didn't seem to be in it and he seemed off message most of the time. Otherwise, good effort, UC Berkeley.

    Posted by: Cd in DC | Jul 9, 2013 12:08:50 PM

  3. As an alumnus, I thought it was great, and well worth doing. I'm very proud of my school.

    Posted by: Andrew | Jul 9, 2013 12:37:22 PM

  4. If only the Naval Academy had a video and actual sensibility like this in the late-1980s, perhaps I would have traveled a path that was less damaging. How *fantastic* that something like this exists today. We've come a long way, baby!

    Posted by: Jeff | Jul 9, 2013 12:37:58 PM

  5. Oh, and GO BEARS!

    Posted by: Andrew | Jul 9, 2013 12:38:08 PM

  6. @Alan

    Seriously: You are concerned about the costs?! Ha! How about fewer bad choices made by student athletes who do not feel supported? What's the value in that?

    Posted by: Jeff | Jul 9, 2013 12:42:43 PM

  7. This is my alma mater, and all I have to say is, GO BEARS! It's great that they made this, and I'm proud that they've come out in support of all athletes no matter their sexual orientation.

    A couple of points: Alan - In 2013, the amount the entire athletic department got from the university was $4.4 million, a mere 0.31% of the entire $2.3 billion budget. The total athletics budget is almost $90 million, meaning 95% of their revenue comes from contracts, donations, etc.

    Cd in DC - that last person is Jack Clark, the most decorated collegiate coach in the country. He's not known to be very emotive, but his participation speaks volumes.

    Again, Go Bears!

    Posted by: Eric in Denver | Jul 9, 2013 12:51:32 PM

  8. I didn't say it wasn't ok to spend money on campaigns..just don't rob them blind...because that's all most people will remember...

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Jul 9, 2013 12:59:58 PM

  9. I think I need to play with Bryce.

    Alan this type of production costs nothing. You may not understand that college sports is a vast capital venture for universities. It has more in common with pro sports than say high school sports, for better or worse.

    It's one of the last institutions that function on a Share Crop economic system, the NCAA would prefer you not notice that however.

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Jul 9, 2013 1:16:09 PM

  10. The are joining the NHL You can Play project. This is not their work.

    Posted by: thrutch | Jul 9, 2013 1:34:37 PM

  11. To rewrite my previous statement, the YouCanPlay Project is adding UC Berkley to their list pf partiicpants. They are not the founders of this project, towleroad itself has talked about this project in the past. They are only celerbating the launch of the UC berkeley you can play video. Please do a correction.

    Posted by: thrutch | Jul 9, 2013 1:41:24 PM

  12. Great for the Bears! Also like to point out that Stanford came out with a "You Can Play" video as well back in June...

    Posted by: Cardinal | Jul 9, 2013 3:10:45 PM

  13. Yeah, this is all fine and good, but one has to wonder why, even at a place like Berkeley, there are still, apparently, almost no "out" gay male athletes and why, in the year 2013, a video like this is even necessary at such schools.

    Maybe there just aren't any gay athletes...or maybe they realize that political liberalism does not necessarily translate to the absence of homophobia on a personal/social level.

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 9, 2013 4:29:37 PM

  14. Maybe Rick doesn't realize that we know he's a republican, anti-liberal, anti-equality, anti-effeminacy, anti-woman, anti-decency, and anti-gay troll. You'd think he would have figure it out by now, but apparently not. He wants to convince us that liberals are anti gay when he is the most anti-gay voice on this site, yet he himself is a gay conservative (otherwise known as a house f*ggot).

    Posted by: MateoM | Jul 9, 2013 9:13:48 PM

  15. You tell the whole dam world THIS BEAR TERRITORY!

    Posted by: LOUIS | Jul 10, 2013 10:58:36 AM

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