Denver Nuggets voice support for You Can Play Project

Teammates Kenneth Faried, Randy Foye and Quincy Miller featured in video
by Aaron Lopez

The Denver Nuggets have become the first NBA team to have multiple players voice their support for LGBT athletes as part the You Can Play project and the Colorado High School Activities Association’s “You Can Play, Colorado!” initiative.

Forwards Kenneth Faried and Quincy Miller, guard Randy Foye, and the student-athletes of Denver’s East High School are featured in a video promoting diversity and inclusion as part of the initiative.

“Kenneth, Randy and Quincy are role models to thousands of student-athletes,” said You Can Play co-founder Brian Kitts. “To have them welcome a teammate who might be gay sends a powerful message of acceptance and inclusion to fans everywhere, especially young athletes.”

The Nuggets are among dozens of players representing the NBA, NHL, NFL, Major League Soccer, Major League Baseball. A number of minor leagues and college teams also have made videos in support of You Can Play.

Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors previously represented the NBA in a You Can Play video featuring every pro team in the San Francisco Bay area; Warriors president Rick Welts is a You Can Play board member.

Professional teams participating in CHSAA’s “You Can Play, Colorado!” high school leadership program include the Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche (National Hockey League), Colorado Rapids (Major League Soccer) and Denver Cutthroats (Central Hockey League), Colorado Mammoth (National Lacrosse League), Denver Outlaws (Major League Lacrosse), Colorado College and the University of Denver.

“As a Colorado high school graduate, I know that this effort between Colorado’s teams and high school students provides support for athletes based on ability and determination, not on race, religion or sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Wade David, You Can Play executive director.

The video with Faried, Foye and Miller is the second in a series featuring Colorado’s professional athletes and high school students working to support gay and lesbian teammates. Earlier this month, You Can Play and CHSAA released a video featuring Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog and hockey players from Highlands Ranch’s Mountain Vista High School and Aurora’s Regis Jesuit High School.

“You Can Play, Colorado!” features a You Can Play video contest open to all Colorado high schools, teams and student activities as well as messaging and curriculum for coaches and student leaders. Denver’s East High School student athletes and student council are featured in the program’s launch videos.

You Can Play is a Denver-based non-profit organization dedicated to changing the culture of locker rooms and sports venues to include all athletes and fans regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The project honors the life of the late Brendan Burke, the openly gay student manager of the Miami University (Ohio) hockey team and member of the NHL’s Burke family.

You Can Play has formal partnerships with the NHL and MLS, as well as a number of Canadian, minor league and NCAA conferences and teams.