DENVER — Denver mayor Michael B. Hancock announced the release of his “You Can Play” video Tuesday, which is intended as a message of support and encouragement for LGBT athletes across Colorado.
Hancock is the first mayor in the U.S. to openly show his support for LGBT athletes, said a release from the city of Denver on Tuesday.
“I know the importance of team work both in and away from the game,” Hancock said in the video. “Including our friends and accepting our differences is the right thing to do. Together, we are a better team. We can all play.”
The video was created as part of the You Can Play project and the Colorado High School Activities Association’s You Can Play, Colorado! initiative.
You Can Play, a Denver-based nonprofit that aims to eradicate discrimination on the playing field and in locker rooms, also released a video featuring Colorado Avalanche caption Gabriel Landeskog and teenaged hockey players from Mountain Vista and Regis Jesuit High Schools in Colorado.
“Mayor Hancock is a great sports fan, and he sends an important message that teamwork extends beyond the field, court or rink, into classrooms and offices,” said Brian Kitts, You Can Play co-founder. “Acknowledging the contribution of everyone on a team, regardless of their background or orientation, is a key to building any successful team.”
Other Colorado pro athletes participating in You Can Play initiatives are Denver Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried, Randy Foye and Quincy Miller, as well as players from the Colorado Rapids, Denver Cutthroats, Colorado Mammoth and Denver Outlaws, said Tuesday’s release.