The inclusive message of the You Can Play Project is detailed in its mission statement: "You Can Play is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes - without regard to sexual orientation. 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."
Below is a video in support of gay hockey players, followed by a moving testimonial from a young hockey fan.
YCPP compels us to consider the lack of tolerance in professional football. Do you suppose the NFL will ever be brave enough to take a similar stand? With few exceptions, football teams and fans seem to identify with born-again showmen like Tim Tebow, who is associated with the anti-gay group Focus on the Family. (Not long ago Tebow refused to participate in the "It Gets Better" campaign, aimed at supporting LGBT youths who are literally being bullied to death.)
Ty Schalter writes on Bleacher Report: In 2006, Esera Tuaolo was speaking to an audience of about 200 NFL players and employees, most of whom were incoming rookies. His topic: the bitter nine-year struggle he faced as a closeted gay man in the homophobic NFL. Tuaolo was telling the impressionable young players that the hundreds of men he played with and against never knew his orientation. His teammates denigrated and abused gay people as a matter of locker-room course, unaware their barbs were slicing one of their own to shreds... The SEC (Southeastern Conference) remained racially segregated until 1970, when Randall Cunningham's older brother, USC tailback Sam, dominated Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The SEC head coaching fraternity didn't admit its first African-American member until 2004—one year after the Supreme Court struck down (primarily) Southern laws that criminalized homosexuality... But just as it took football too long to reflect the broad social acceptance of civil rights for all people regardless of race, it's taken football too long to accept that sexuality has nothing to do with mental toughness or on-field performance. The opposite of this is true; there's nothing tough about hate. There's nothing strong about intolerance. Calling homosexual men "faggots" doesn't make you a better football player. (It doesn't make you a better person, either.)