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UCM’s "You Can Play" Inclusivity Message Shared on National Website

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 27, 2015) – A video produced at the University of Central Missouri with a positive message about inclusivity is reaching a national audience online. The organization, You Can Play, is currently featuring the video on the home page of its website.

You Can Play logo

The national You Can Plan project was launched in 2012 to encourage inclusion of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) athletes, coaches and fans in sports. Founded as an alliance of gay and straight athletes, You Can Play asks fans and athletes alike to focus on a player’s heart, talent and skill rather than sexual orientation or gender identity.

Students and staff from UCM’s Office of Mentoring, Advocacy and Peer Support, University Relations, and Athletics collaborated with university leadership to produce the You Can Play video, which also is available on the university’s website. The video features more than 30 students from multiple sports teams and academic teams, including basketball, wrestling, soccer, softball, football, DECA and the Talking Mules speech and debate team. Additionally, UCM President Charles Ambrose and Athletic Director Jerry Hughes are featured in the video.

“You Can Play’s messaging of support, inclusion and teaming up for respect fits UCM’s philosophy as a university and what we want to provide for our students on and off the field,” said UCM President Charles Ambrose.

UCM is committed to providing an inclusive, student-centered learning environment, and has a proud NCAA Division II tradition of winning athletics, including more than 2000 conference championships and eight national championships, and numerous academic team champions. This winning tradition includes support and inclusion for all students and student athletes based on their value as individuals.

To view the video, go to