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KSE Continues Valuable Partnership With You Can Play As Pride Parade Nears

Writer and Digital Content Specialist

June is Pride Month in the United States, and with it comes the annual Pride Parade in Denver on Sunday, June 26. Taking part in the festivities is the You Can Play Project, a KSE partner celebrating their 10th year as an organization.

The You Can Play Project works to ensure the safety and inclusion for all who participate in sports, including LGBTQ+ athletes, coaches and fans, according to their mission statement via their website.

LGBTQ+ participation in sports is an ongoing battle that You Can Play fights for. And according to You Can Play executive director Kurt Weaver, "KSE has been a longtime, and valuable partner for You Can Play."

"Our partnership has seen activities starting with pride nights early on and expanded into education programs for the front office and community surrounding all the KSE teams. KSE's focus on inclusion has also grown through the years of our relationship and become a core value of the organization."

Weaver could not have been more complementary of the work that KSE has done in conjunction with the You Can Play project, including a generous donation that will go towards various educational programs.

"The generous support and gift from KSE will be put to work immediately to support You Can Play's Inclusive Coach, Inclusive Referee and Inclusive Teammate education programs. You Can Play's team is working with high schools and community youth programs to provide these sessions, ensuring local teams and leagues provide inclusive and safe sport opportunities that allow everyone to play."

So when these partners in inclusion meet once again at the Pride Parade in Denver, it will be a symbol of another year creating a better situation for LGBTQ+ athletes.

"The Pride Parade in Denver is a perfect opportunity to celebrate our partnership and the work that KSE and its teams have done throughout the year."

"We take the time to celebrate Denver's local LGBTQ+ community and the organizations like Rainbow Alley, One Colorado Urban Peak; and their vital work in fighting for safe and welcoming spaces, mental health and supporting those in need."

"Marching for the day gives us the chance to gather and share; to see old friends and meet new ones; and most importantly recommit to our shared mission and ongoing work."

To learn more about the You Can Play Project, visit their website at https://www.youcanplayproject.org

To get more details on the weekend's Pride Parade festivities, visit https://denverpride.org/fest/