Bearcats Join You Can Play Initiative

Jan. 30, 2013

Spearheaded by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Athletics has joined the You Can Play initiative, which works to make sure athletes are critiqued based on talent, heart, desire and work ethic and not sexual orientation or other discriminatory factors.

The mission of You Can Play is to guarantee that 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.

 “I was excited about this project and the You Can Play initiative when two of our student athletes from our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee first brought the concept to my attention last Fall,” stated UC Director of Athletics Whit Babcock. “As a department, we desire to create and maintain a safe and inclusive environment for each of our 547 student-athletes, 143 staff members, and 18 sports.  We are ONE TEAM at UC and this video speaks to that and exemplifies our on-going commitment to diversity and inclusion.  I’d like to extend my thanks to our SAAC committee and our BearcatsTV staff for a job well done.”

The primary purpose of SAAC is to act as a liaison between UC’s Department of Athletics administration and the student-athletes. SAAC is also a facilitator of collaboration between UC and the community and its involvement with projects such as You Can Play helps to further foster positive relationships and extend the reach of the Bearcats’ ONE TEAM.

For more information about You Can Play visit