In celebration of the NHL's Hockey Is For Everyone month, the Toronto Maple Leafs hosted a You Can Play Awareness Night on Monday, February 25th. 50 members from You Can Play along with players from the Toronto Gay Hockey Association were invited to watch the game in the Ford Fan Deck, courtesy of Ford. Players taped their warmup sticks with rainbow pride tape, management and coaching staff wore You Can Play pins, and Scotiabank Arena was transformed with rainbow lighting. You Can Play also set up a booth in the concourse to hand out informational material and educate fans on the work they do to promote inclusion in sports.
To help raise funds and awareness, You Can Play/Leafs-branded caps were sold at Real Sports Apparel with 100% of the proceeds benefitting You Can Play.
You Can Play Project
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 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.
Pride Tape is a badge of support from teammates, coaches, parents and pros to young LGBTQ players. It shows every player that they belong on the ice. That we're all on the same team. Buying Pride Tape will help support LGBTQ youth outreach initiatives, such as You Can Play.