Rainbow flags. Smiling faces. Water guns. Athletes.
All of these things came together last Sunday afternoon in the streets of Toronto to celebrate WorldPride 2014.
Together, You Can Play Project, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and the Canadian Olympic Committee walked the parade route in support of equality in sports.
If you’re unfamiliar with You Can Play, here is their mission:
You Can Play is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.
You Can Play works 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.
It was great to have athletes from MLSE, the Canadian Olympic Team and the Calgary Flames, as it only strengthened this message.
Although rain was in the forecast, we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day.
Special thanks goes out to Patrick Burke and the You Can Play Project for organizing the groups’ participation in the event and for raising awareness of this important issue. For more information on You Can Play, click here.