You Can Play To Hold LGBT Athlete Equality Event

You Can Play, a nonprofit organization working to help ensure that athletes of all sexual orientations are given a fair opportunity to compete, will be coming to Schwab Auditorium for an event at 6:30 p.m. on October 29.

The event will feature a presentation and discussion by the Penn State Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, following the release of a video supporting the You Can Play project.

Wade Davis, who serves as the Executive Director of the You Can Play project, will be present to discuss the organization and its initiative. Davis, a former NFL player for the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, and Seattle Seahawks, is one of a small group of openly gay athletes who have played professional sports. Davis’ work includes developing curriculum, programming, training, and conversations focusing on inclusion and diversity.

Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour will be on hand along with Women’s Volleyball Coach Russ Rose, Women’s Golf Coach Denise St. Pierre, Athletics Integrity Officer Julie Del Giorno, and Track and Field team member Tal Jean Ben-Artzi.

Schwab Auditorium doors will open at 6 p.m. Admission is free and audience members are encouraged to participate with questions being addressed after the event concludes. Questions can be tweeted using the hashtag #PSUYCP.

“We are proud to be involved with an initiative like You Can Play that supports inclusion and highlights in such a positive way what the true spirit of competition is all about,” Barbour said.

The event is sponsored by the Athletics Council for Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, the LGBTA Student Resource Center, the Penn State Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equity, and the Penn State All-Sports Museum.

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David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected].

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