Members of the Georgetown SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) have been busy this semester during their production of a "You Can Play" video. This video is similar to those that have been previously produced by other college and professional teams. Many high schools are now taking part in the You Can Play project as well.
The purpose of the project is to ensure safe spaces and equal treatment of all athletes, including their LGBTQ teammates. In 2012, the You Can Play project started as a social activism campaign and is aimed at "ensuring equality, respect and safety for all atheltes, without regard to sexual orientation. You Can Play works to guarantee that atheltes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athelts and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the support or their team's success."
The Georgetown production of "You Can Play" was done so over this past summer and finished during the academic semester. Most of the production efforts were made my Alex Pettee, a student-athlete baseball player. Pettee has edited and produced several videos for the basketball team and for the strength & conditioning program at Georgetown prior to his work on the "You Can Play" video.
Annalee Abell, SAAC President and women's volleyball player noted that this project developed based on the power and strength that student-athletes have.
Athletics has always been a strong platform from which to raise awareness about certain causes. At Georgetown, we emphasize every day that this is a place where all are welcome, no matter the circumstances. I think our video shows that and SAAC couldn't be more proud of that. This isjust one step of many in raising further awarenessess about the LGBTQ issue. It is my hope that SAAC and Georgetown athletics have contributed to the progress that needs to happen to make LGBTQ athletes and people everywhere feel welcome and accepted."
In the video's debut on Georgetown University's site, Pettee said, "we wanted our video to be unique in tha tthe message came directly from us, the student-athletes...we didn't have an outside firm come in and make it for us. From the initial script to the final editing, it was all us, and I think the authenticity of the film makes the message all the more powerful."
The sports and LGBTQ community can only continue to get better with efforts being made such as the ones by Georgetown student-athletes!