The Philadelphia Flyers have partnered with the You Can Play Project to host You Can Play Night on Monday, February 4 when the team takes on the Vancouver Canucks at the Wells Fargo Center starting at 7 p.m. The You Can Play project is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect, and safety for all who participate in sports, including LGBTQ athletes, coaches, and fans.
Flyers Forward Scott Laughton will serve as the team's official You Can Play ambassador and will welcome guests from the You Can Play Project after the game on Monday night.
"The You Can Play program is an initiative that is great for the game of hockey and really all of sports," said Laughton. "It has grown tremendously throughout the years, and I'm proud to be a part of it and do what I can to help others get involved to continue that growth."
During Monday night's warm-up, Laughton and numerous other players will tape their sticks with rainbow-colored Pride Tape. Following the warm-up period, these sticks will be available for auction through Flyers Charities, with proceeds benefitting the You Can Play Project.
Flyers Captain Claude Giroux is set to welcome guests and staff from the nonprofit ProjectHOME to be recognized as 'Giroux's Crew' during the game.
Additionally, the Flyers will honor Kate Gormley, the Young Adult Program Manager at ProjectHome, as the night's United Health Care Community Teammate. A leader and activist in the LGBTQ community, Gormley has been instrumental in the construction of the new ProjectHOME Gloria Casarez Housing Project, the first LGBTQ-friendly and permanent housing location in Philadelphia for young adults. The residence will be constructed specifically for those in the LGBTQ community who have aged out of the foster care system without future housing plans or are currently homeless.
The Flyers will also recognize Nora Cothren, the Regional Coordinator for the You Can Play Project, as a special guest for the evening.
Additional in-game features include facts and figures about the You Can Play Project, amplified by rainbow colors, including a Pride-themed Flyers logo.
The Flyers have partnered with You Can Play to offer a special ticket package that includes a Flyers Pride t-shirt, with a portion of each ticket sold benefiting the You Can Play Project. Fans can visit this link to purchase tickets through this offer.
You Can Play Night falls under the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone Month initiative, and the Flyers will continue to support the month by highlighting a number of their active hockey programs that spotlight the club's commitment to diversity and inclusion. Additional events include Flyers Alumni sled hockey practice, Hockey for Her, and the 2019 NHL Willie O'Ree Skills Weekend hosted by Snider Hockey.