The Philadelphia Flyers have partnered with the You Can Play Project to host You Can Play Night on Thursday, February 8 when the team takes on the Montreal Canadiens at the Wells Fargo Center. 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 Captain Claude Giroux will serve as the team's official You Can Play ambassador and will be hosting several young fans from the Philadelphia non-profit ProjectHOME in his personal suite that evening. Giroux will also host a special meet and greet with the group after the game.
In honor of the evening's cause, sticks used by players with Pride Tape on them will be auctioned off by Flyers Charities, with proceeds benefitting the You Can Play Project.
Additionally, the Flyers will honor Deja Alvarez of the Philadelphia Mayor's Commission of LGBT Affairs as the evening's Walmart Community Playmaker. A leader and activist in the LGBTQ community, Alvarez was one of the founding members and first director of the non-profit Home For Hope, the first shelter in Pennsylvania to serve the LGBTQ homeless community. Alvarez was also named Person of the Year by the Philadelphia Gay News in 2016.
The Flyers will also honor Nora Cothren, Co-Chair of the You Can Play Northeast Regional Board, as the evening's Philadelphia Insurance Community Teammate. After growing up in the Philadelphia area, Noragraduated from Smith College in 2012 where she played all four years of club hockey, serving as team captain for a season and twice named an ACHA 2nd Team All American. Nora's work with You Can Play has focused on outreach, education, and support for LQBTQ high school and college student-athletes.
In addition to her work with You Can Play, Nora also works as the Academic Coordinator for Snider Hockey players, while also serving as coach of the Foundations' 12 and Under girls team. Nora thrives to make sure all athletes feel welcome in sporting environments - especially in hockey.
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 are also partnering with You Can Play to host a special ticket package, with a portion of each ticket sold benefiting You Can Play. Fans can visit PhiladelphiaFlyers.com/YouCanPlay 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 when they host Hockey is For Everyone Night on Tuesday, February 20.