If You Can Play
Jul 8, 2013
"At Cal Athletics, we not only accept our LGBT student-athletes, we embrace them for who they are. We honor diversity at Cal. Fostering an inclusive environment is not just the right thing to do, it allows our student-athletes to perform to the best of their abilities in all aspects of their lives. It's important to me, as the leader of Cal Athletics, that each and every one of our student-athletes, coaches and staff members know that they can participate in the sport they love regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression." - Sandy Barbour, Athletic Director The Cal You Can Play video features Cal administrators, coaches and student-athletes expressing their support for an open environment for LGBT student-athletes. The message is that if an athlete is good enough to play a sport, that's all that should matter -- the watchwords of You Can Play's mission. We, Cal Athletics, felt that the video should be made because we are already an inclusive, diverse and welcoming institution and department. The number of coaches and student-athletes who participated in the project is a reflection of the nature of Cal Athletics and its commitment to inclusion and equality for all. We believe that our You Can Play project sets a tone for our department and our athletic teams on and off the field. The video will also set a precedent for future student athletes and the experiences they will have here at Cal. We had over 52 participants that were filmed for the project. Go Bears!