I wrote about the Burke family’s You Can Play Project on Puck Drunk Love a little while ago. It’s a great program, getting support from all thirty NHL clubs, to further the idea of tolerance on and off the ice. The You Can Play Project supports LGBT athletes in their endeavors to play on a team like anyone else — which is more than their right. I’m of the opinion that it’s sad that people have to start projects and make PSAs to raise awareness about just accepting someone for who they are, but as progressive as society has become, it’s not *that* advanced. The Project aims to also raise awareness regarding casual homophobia in the locker room — things like “that’s so gay” meaning that something is stupid, calling other players derogatory names, and things of that nature.
The effort’s branching out to women’s sports and some of the the AHL teams are recording their own PSAs, while others are airing the Project’s PSAs in their arenas. Pension Plan Puppets, SB Nation’s Toronto Maple Leafs blog, has set up their own initiative: If You Can Record, Others Play. Here’s the gist: record your own personal message of support or just you saying “If You Can Play, You Can Play.” Toss on any jersey you might have — Blues, Thrashers, whatever — and lend your voice. E-mail your finished video to YCPfans@gmail.com, and they’ll take it from there.
Heck, I HATE the way that I look and sound on video, and I might even do it.