SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame has released a “You Can Play” video in support of LGBT athletes.
The Catholic university video features openly LGBT student athletes and allies, including 22-year-old senior Matt Dooley, a Notre Dame tennis player who came out earlier this year.
“Because the university values LGBTQ students in the Notre Dame community, as indeed it values all of its students, the university is committed to fostering an environment of welcome and mutual respect that grounded in its Catholic mission,” says Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick in the video’s opening.
The “You Can Play” project is a social activism campaign dedicated to eliminating homophobia in sports, and was inspired by the memory Brendan Burke, the 21-year-old son of Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke whose coming out story in 2009 captured national attention just three months before his death in an auto accident.