Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- UW-Superior has announced its intent to become the first university in Wisconsin to join the "You Can Play" project, a national campaign dedicated to ensuring equality, respect, and safety for all athletes without regard to sexual orientation.
The national project was established in 2012 and seeks to encourage coaches, teammates, and fans to focus on an athlete's skill and work ethic rather than his or her sexual orientation.
"We are very excited to be on the leading edge of this human rights project and look forward to helping bring awareness to this incredibly important cause," athletics director Steve Nelson said. "At UW-Superior it is so very important that student-athletes not just have the opportunity to compete in the sports that they love, but that they can do so without the fear of being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation."
The kickoff event for UW-Superior as a member of the "You Can Play" project will be a luncheon on April 10, with that scheduled for 11:45 a.m. in the Great Room of the Yellowjacket Union.
The luncheon will be capped off with a video featured nearly 70 student-athletes at UW-Superior who have pledged to make their locker rooms and competitions safe for members of the LGBT community.