You Can Play Awareness Night - February 11th, 2017
The Toronto Maple Leafs You Can Play Awareness Night included a variety of initiatives aimed at raising awareness for this important issue. On Saturday, February 11th, the Maple Leafs invited 30 athletes from the Toronto Gay Hockey Association to watch the team's morning skate and meet Leafs alumnus Darryl Sittler. In addition to promoting the cause online and in-arena, the Maple Leafs presented You Can Play Project with a $5,000 cheque on behalf of the NHL's Centennial Fan Arena Diversity and Inclusion Grant.
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.