May 14, 2013

At Wheaton College: “You Can Play”

Lyons advocate for all student-athletes regardless of self-identification

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College Athletics Department has joined the You Can Play Project in supporting the acceptance of all student-athletes regardless of sexual orientation. At Wheaton, the Lyons have taken it one step further and will ensure equality of all student-athletes regardless of not only  sexual orientation, but also race, ethnicity, religion, or any other way in which a person may self-identify.

To view the video please click here: "You Can Play"

The video was spearheaded by junior Devon Soucier (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic) of the women's lacrosse team, several of her teammates, head coach Emily Kiablick and directed by Matt Noonan '10. The You Can Play video debuted at the year-end athletic awards banquet featuring numerous student-athletes across Wheaton's 21 varsity sports and members of the athletics staff.

You Can Play's mission is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation. 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 or their team's success. You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete's skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.

Wheaton is the first school in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) to join the You Can Play Project in an effort to promote inclusion in sports.

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