#PrideTape and #YouCanPlay: Trying to not just put tape over a problem
Despite watching snippets of the Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins game on Saturday night, I am not an avid hockey fan. However, many NHL teams are taking part in a social responsibility initiative this year that has peaked my interest. Hockey players are wrapping their hockey sticks in rainbow “pridetape” for the organization You Can Play. This initiative has even begun to spread to other sports.
Brian Burke, the President of Hockey Operations for the Calgary Flames founded this an initiative in memory of his son. His son was a hockey player at University of Miami who came out as homosexual and died tragically in a car crash a year later. You Can Play stands up for LGBTQ athletes and their mission statement is:
“You Can Play works to ensure the safety and inclusion of all in sports – including LGBTQ athletes, coaches and fans.
You Can Play works to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport of their team’s success.
You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of lock rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.” – (1)
This important social responsibility initiative started in 2012. It has become part of the NHL’s other social initiatives under the Hockey Is For Everyone banner. This year the goals of the initiative are to make sure that the “You Can Play” sentiment truly becomes part of the NHL’s culture. (2)
Visit You Can Play:
At their website: here
On Facebook: here
On Twitter: here
On their Instagram page: here
By Nicole Bryck