When Jason Collins, the NBA center and former Stanford Cardinal, came out as gay in a “Sports Illustrated” article a little while back, you may recall that Ivy Coach was critical of Collins’ alma mater, Stanford, for not touting the milestone achieved by one of its distinguished alumni. After all, Jason Collins is thought by some to be the Jackie Robinson for gay athletes in the big league men’s professional team sports. So why didn’t Stanford run an article on their homepage after the announcmement? Why wasn’t there an article on the Stanford Athletics site? These are questions we asked, but we didn’t really get an answer. Until now.
Stanford has just released a video for the wonderful “You Can Play Project” in which a number of student-athletes from various teams, coaches, and administrators let people everywhere know that if you can play, you can play. As they say in the video, if you can swing, you can play. If you can dribble, you can play. If you can run, you can play. It’s that simple and what a wonderful message it is. Produced by Stanford Athletes and Allies Together and the Cardinal Channel, this video speaks to a university that values diversity in athletics.
Ivy Coach salutes Stanford University for putting this wonderful video together. The school may not have paid much attention when one of its distinguished alumni courageously did what no pro athlete in one of the four big league sports had ever done, but this is certainly a step in the right direction. May more universities and professional sports teams follow the example of Stanford University and shoot a video letting LGBT student-athletes know everywhere that if they can play, they sure can play. Stanford seems to be LGBT proud.