Feb. 12, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s hockey team has created a video in conjunction with the You Can Play Project. The organization is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.

You Can Play works to guarantee athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport or their team’s success. You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit. For more on the You Can Play Project, and to see videos created by other organizations, visit:

“The You Can Play Project is grateful to The Ohio State University for their support of LGBT athletes,” Patrick Burke, co-founder of You Can Play and a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers, said. “Ohio State has been an athletic powerhouse in numerous sports for decades, so it is clear they know what it takes to be winners: teamwork, unity, and cohesiveness. Ohio State athletes stepping up to support their teammates on and off the ice will lead to teammates who feel more comfortable, involved, and included. We appreciate the participation of an exemplary AD in Mr. Gene Smith and Coach Osiecki, one of the rising stars in the hockey coaching ranks. Their leadership will help set the tone for the athletes who look up to them.”

The video debuted at the Buckeyes’ game vs. Notre Dame Feb. 1 in Value City Arena as part of the first Division I men’s hockey Pride Night.

The Ohio State Department of Athletics is committed to supporting initiatives to end homophobia and discrimination in sports. This spring, in conjunction with other university constituents, Hudson Taylor, the founder of Athlete Ally (, will come to campus to share his message on the value of creating an inclusive environment in athletics.