CFL Partners with You Can Play

Glad to see this announced during the insanity that is World Pride Week in Toronto. (way too crowded for my liking).

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The Canadian Football League has entered into a partnership with the You Can Play project that will provide resources to each CFL team to help combat homophobia in their locker rooms and their communities.

"This is a very important issue facing the sports world today," said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. "And it's important to our league and our players. Through this partnership we are demonstrating that we fully support openly gay athletes and we will provide the environment and resources necessary to ensure players are welcomed and respected, and evaluated solely on their athletic abilities, regardless of their sexual orientation."

As part of this partnership, each CFL team has identified an ambassador who will work with their teammates and YCP to provide the necessary support and resources to any player or staff member who requests it. These players will also be involved in their communities to promote equality and respect for all athletes.

Here is the list of team YCP ambassadors:

BC Lions: Marco Ianuzzi
Edmonton Eskimos: Mike Reilly
Calgary Stampeders: Jon Cornish
Saskatchewan Roughriders: Jim Hopson
Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Donovan Alexander
Hamilton Tiger-Cats: Brian Bulcke
Toronto Argonauts: Zander Robinson
Ottawa REDBLACKS: Eric Fraser
Montreal Alouettes: Kyries Hebert

During the World Pride Parade in Toronto on Sunday, June 29, members of the Argonauts will join the You Can Play float in support of this partnership and important cause. This marks the second year in a row that the Argos have been representatives in the Parade.

"It's great to see our players step up for this important issue," said Cohon. "Through the sports communities collective efforts, we truly hope that this will be a non-issue in the future."