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UConn welcomes gay players
ESPN ^ | May 24th, 2012 | Unknown

Posted on 05/25/2012 4:13:50 AM PDT by Third Person

STORRS, Conn. -- Gay and play hockey?

You're welcome at the University of Connecticut.

That is the message the school's men's hockey team is sending out in two videos for a program called You Can Play.

The goal of the international initiative launched in March is to work to end homophobia in hockey.

"We thought it was a great idea to show the community how we feel about homosexuality in sports, and let people know that anyone can play on our team," said UConn captain Sean Ambrosie.

The public service videos are posted on YouTube and the UConn website, and are scheduled to be featured in the coming days on the You Can Play site.

In them, the players pledge to support "any teammate, gay or straight, that can help us win games."

The program was created by Patrick Burke, a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers and son of Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke. It was launched in memory of Patrick's brother, Brendan, who died in a car accident in 2010. Brendan made headlines when he came out in November 2009 while serving as the manager of Miami of Ohio's college hockey team.

So far about 100 athletes, including 50 from the NHL, have signed on to pledge they would play with gay or transgender athletes, Patrick Burke said. But UConn is one of just eight teams that have joined as a group.

"When a whole team stands up to do something like this, that's very important," Patrick Burke said. "For a young gay hockey player, who is looking for a place to play hockey, he knows that UConn is an option, that he will be safe at UConn, that he will be accepted at UConn."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: connecticut; gaymarriage; hockey; homosexualagenda; kenyanbornmuzzie; swrdswllwngsdshw
Glee on ice!
1 posted on 05/25/2012 4:13:55 AM PDT by Third Person
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah

ping


2 posted on 05/25/2012 4:18:23 AM PDT by Third Person ( Actions reflect priorities.)
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To: Third Person

I saw the story on this during an intermission of a Bruins game. It is run by the gay son of a NHL bigwig.

This is what I despise about the gay movement. It is their insistence on playing the victim card and forcing their lifestyle publicly onto mainstream culture.

I honestly don’t give a crap if you are gay. Shut up and play hockey.


3 posted on 05/25/2012 4:19:23 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else (Maybe Tim Thomas))
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To: Third Person

He’ll have a different opinion when somebody’s trying to feel him up.


4 posted on 05/25/2012 4:22:14 AM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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I guess they like to puck with sticks.


5 posted on 05/25/2012 4:27:18 AM PDT by Dexter Morgan (Everyone hides who they are.)
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To: Third Person

Johnny Weir has signed a letter of intent to play goaltender. In a dress.


6 posted on 05/25/2012 4:30:29 AM PDT by relictele (We are officially OUT of other people's money!)
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To: Third Person

Brings new meaning to the term “body check.”


7 posted on 05/25/2012 4:31:22 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: nhwingut

Worse than ‘the movement’ is the pandering and smug false moral superiority.


8 posted on 05/25/2012 4:32:13 AM PDT by relictele (We are officially OUT of other people's money!)
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To: Third Person

Who`d have thought.. back in the day when America was strong.. there`d come a time in which being a sodomite was deemed so fashionable?


9 posted on 05/25/2012 4:35:13 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: ScottinVA

there`d come a time in which being a sodomite was deemed so fashionable?
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I guess the stand this hockey team Captain is taking is equivalant to when the Miss America (whatever) contestants would stand there all smiley and with a ‘straight face’ say their goal in life was “World Peace”.


10 posted on 05/25/2012 4:41:15 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 Let's start from scratch by voting ALL incumbents out.)
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To: ScottinVA

UConn grad ...Class of ‘76 ...Hate to say it , but UConn would take a two headed hermaphrodite if it would help them win ANY game . Disgusted .


11 posted on 05/25/2012 4:43:58 AM PDT by sushiman
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To: ScottinVA

UConn grad ...Class of ‘76 ...Hate to say it , but UConn would take a two headed hermaphrodite if it would help them win ANY game . Disgusted .


12 posted on 05/25/2012 4:44:21 AM PDT by sushiman
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To: Third Person
... and in other sports, it brings an whole new meaning to terms like touchdown and jump shot.
13 posted on 05/25/2012 4:45:05 AM PDT by Zakeet (Obama loves to wok dogs)
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To: Third Person

They may have to revise the rule book to expand the definition of “high sticking.”


14 posted on 05/25/2012 4:47:32 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: Third Person

(Yawn) Not much to see here. I bet you can count on one limp wrist how many of these girly men are decent at hockey.


15 posted on 05/25/2012 5:26:20 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (Today if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse. RReagan)
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To: Third Person

that anyone can play on our team,

“on”? Or “with”?


16 posted on 05/25/2012 5:37:46 AM PDT by Adder (Da bro has GOT to go!)
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To: Third Person

Plus, the baseball team is looking for pitchers!


17 posted on 05/25/2012 5:42:51 AM PDT by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: Third Person

PC twaddle meant to reassure gay prospective UConn students that the jocks won’t harass them. I seriously doubt many gays will be trying out for the hockey team and if one or two gays did make the team, I don’t think the other players would be receptive to any gay moves in the locker room. This is mostly PR but still annoying that a state college sports team feels a need to publicly ‘reach out’ to sodomites and play into the ‘gays-as-victims’ meme the left and gay advocacy groups (pardon the redundancy)promote.


18 posted on 05/25/2012 5:52:13 AM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: Third Person
Hmmm... When the HockeyEast accepts UConn as the 12th member (almost a done deal), will UConn's uniforms be RAINBOW COLORED??

Now, in all seriousness, who cares what is the sexual orientation of anyone. Yes, they don't need to advertise that fact they are gay, but if you play hockey and you are gay (like my nephew) if UConn welcomes you. Accept it...Just don't talk about it!

My nephew (15) is out to his parents. He is one of his leagues best players, but he is a fiscal conservative (He mows lawns in the summer, shovel snow in the winter. He knows what LIBERALISM does.)

19 posted on 05/26/2012 12:32:22 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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