Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mizzou Athletic Department Says "You Can Play" to LGBT Students (VIDEO)

Posted By on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 1:05 PM

click to enlarge Athletic Director Mike Alden. - VIA MUTIGERS.COM

If you're a Tiger, you're a Tiger -- and if you can play, you can play!

Such is the message of a newly released promotional video from the University of Missouri's Athletic Department, promoting LGBT rights and diversity on their sports teams.

"The Mizzou Athletics Department strives to provide a safe environment for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender student athletes," Mike Alden, director of athletics, says in the video. "No individual shall be judged on the court, in the locker room or amongst each other based on their sexual orientation and their gender identification."

"Each of us can be an ally, not only to our teammates, but to everyone," another official says in the promo.

Mizzou tweeted the video out yesterday:

The video comes weeks after news reports speculating that a group of NFL players were considering coming out of the closet in a joint announcement.

click to enlarge VIA

The video is part of the You Can Play Project an initiative to support gay athletes and fight homophobia and bigotry in sports.

Unfortunately, we can't embed the "If You Can Play, You Can Play" video here, but head over to mutigers.com to watch the short promo.

And here are some similar videos that other university athletic departments have recently released:

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