March 8, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) looks up at the scoreboard from the bench against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Stamkos Is On Board With The You Can Play Project

Some of you (hopefully ALL) may have heard about the You Can Play Project, which is gaining ground in the NHL, with several NHL players speaking out in support of LGBT athletes and fighting for respect in sports.

The Yo­­u Can Play Project was founded­ by Patrick Burke, Brian Kitts, and Glenn Witman. The You Can Play Project promotes respect for all athletes. Their mission is to have LGBT athletes everywhere become aware that they can be themselves without fear. They are challenging athletes and fans to change the culture of their locker rooms and spectator areas.

They are trying to spread the word and ensure that all athletes are treated equally and be judged based on their talent, character, skills, and worth ethic. Athletes should be willing and able to play their sport of choice without judgement, and be able to play to their full potential.

The most recent video from You Can Play is of Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Brian Campbell (Florida Panthers) showing their support of the You Can Play Project, as well as support of their team mates no matter what, because “If you can play, you can play.”

More information regarding the founders of the You Can Play Project can be found here on their website.

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