UCLA Athletics Joins LGBT SportSafe Founders Club

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UCLA logoLos Angeles, CA – The UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is pleased to partner with the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program as a Founder Club member. In addition, UCLA was awarded a Gold Medallion for being an institution that is committed to inclusion and has demonstrated that through programming and initiatives to provide a supportive and safe environment for all.

The LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program was founded in 2015 by Nevin Caple (co-founder of Br{ache the Silence) and Dr. Eric Lueshen (former Nebraska football player). The program uses an algorithm, the 3-Peat Model, to help administrators understand how to implement inclusive programming, policies and public awareness initiatives within their respective athletic communities.

“LGBT SportSafe is excited to welcome UCLA to the program as a Founders Club member,” said Lueshen. “UCLA has been a leader in LGBT inclusion in sport, and their partnership with us reaffirms their commitment to making the world of sport safe for all.”

Founders Club member schools have shown commitment to and helped set new standards in LGBTQ inclusion in sports. In addition to UCLA, current LGBT SportSafe Founders Club members include University of Nebraska, University of North Carolina, Northwestern University, University of Oregon, Temple University, Recreation Services at University of Colorado and the America East Conference.

“For nearly a century, UCLA student-athletes have seized opportunity and helped change how the game is played,” said UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero. “From trailblazing pioneers like Kenny Washington, Jackie Robinson, Arthur Ashe and Anne Meyers Drysdale who were not initially allowed in, but refused to be out, to activists such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton, UCLA has a proud history of breaking through barriers. Being a member of the Founders Club for the LGBT SportsSafe Inclusion Program directly aligns with our institution’s core values. This honor converges with our history of fighting for inclusion and social justice and should put everyone on notice that regardless of your race, gender, religious beliefs or sexual orientation, at UCLA, if you can play, you can play.”

UCLA Athletics involvement with LBGT SportsSafe is in addition to ongoing LGBTQ departmental initiatives that include the Athlete Allies initiative, the creation of LGBTQ panel discussions for student-athletes and coaches, participation in both the Fearless Project and ‘You Can Play’ national campaign and the formation of a Diversity & Inclusion Committee. At the University level, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block recently signed the NCAA Pledge to promote Diversity and Gender Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics, specifically committing to the establishment of initiatives for achieving ethnic and racial diversity, gender equity and inclusion with a focus on hiring practices in intercollegiate athletics.

“We are extremely proud to be among an elite group of institutions at the forefront of LGBTQ inclusion in sports,” said UCLA Associate Athletic Director Ashley Armstrong, chair of UCLA Athletics’ Diversity & Inclusion Committee. “LBGT SportSafe is a great partner in our continued efforts to educate, support and provide resources for UCLA student-athletes, coaches and staff and is yet another example of our commitment to providing an inclusive environment where everyone is valued and respected.”

To learn more about the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program visit lgbtsportsafe.com.

 

Alliance of Women Coaches Announces Partnership With LGBT SportSafe

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The Alliance of Women Coaches and LGBT Sport Safe announced a partnership that will assist in creating inclusive athletic communities for coaches, administrators and student-athletes alike.

Launched earlier this year by co-founders Nevin Caple and Dr. Eric Lueshen, the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program was developed to create an infrastructure for athletic administrators, coaches, recreational sports leaders and professional sports leagues to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer inclusion.

“The Alliance is proud to take the lead as the first organization to partner with LGBT SportSafe,” said Alliance executive director Megan Kahn. “This partnership is another expression and opportunity for us to live out our mission and values in being a diverse and inclusive community. We are stronger together.”

LGBT SportSafe utilizes a new benchmarking framework to help athletic leadership champion a culture of respect and inclusion. The “3-Peat Model” addresses the importance of Programming, Policy and Public Awareness at all levels of sport, while offering incentives to institutions, teams and leagues that reach inclusion goals. The program, which launched with Founders Club members, University of Nebraska, University of Oregon, and Northwestern University, offers benefits for member institutions that actively engage in inclusion. These include a Gold, Silver or Bronze medallion for the athletic department website, a listing in the LGBT SportSafe national registry of inclusive athletic and recreational sport communities, and exclusive access to Coaches Corner, a comprehensive online resource for LGBT inclusion in sports which provides everything from webinars and model policies to discussion forums and best practices for athletic professionals.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Alliance of Women Coaches. The Alliance has played an integral role in creating opportunities for women, people of color and LGBT coaches to be valued and respected in their profession,” said Caple. “It means a great deal to announce the partnership during LGBT History Month, recognizing the trailblazers who paved the way for this partnership to exist.”

The Alliance of Women Coaches is the premier organization dedicated to leading the field of women coaches, at all levels, by providing support, resources, and unparalleled events and programs which address the needs and interests of its members. The NCAA Women Coaches Academy, conducted in partnership between the Alliance and the NCAA, is a unique, transformational in-person learning opportunity for female coaches. LGBT SportSafe practices will continue to be incorporated into the three Academies conducted annually and attendees will learn best practices and policies critical to creating an inclusive environment.

For more information on the Alliance of Women Coaches, visit www.gocoaches.org

For more information on the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program, visit www.lgbtsportsafe.com

UNC Athletics Joins LGBT SportSafe Founders Club

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screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-9-38-18-pmCHAPEL HILL, N.C. – LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program has named the North Carolina Department of Athletics a member of its Founders Club, recognizing UNC’s commitment to creating and maintaining a supportive and safe environment for all.

Founders Club member schools have shown commitment to and helped set new standards in LGBTQ inclusion in sports. The designation is available to the first two schools from each conference that reach the required standards. Other athletic departments that are members of the LGBT SportSafe Founders Club are Nebraska, Northwestern, Oregon and Temple. Recreation Services at University of Colorado is also a member, as is the America East Conference.

“We’re proud to be members of the LGBT SportSafe Founders Club and to support the organization’s programing and mission,” said UNC’s Cricket Lane, the Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development. “Our Department of Athletics includes more than 1,000 people when you bring in students, coaches and staff. We want to be sure that everyone feels comfortable, supported and welcome.”

In addition to Founders Club recognition, UNC has been awarded a Gold Medallion as an institution that is committed to inclusion and has demonstrated that through programming, policy and public awareness. Medallions are awarded based on reaching specific inclusion goals, with gold being the highest.

The LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program uses an algorithm, the 3-Peat Model, to help administrators understand how to implement inclusive programming, policies and public awareness initiatives within their respective athletic communities.

Ashley Dai, a member of the Tar Heel women’s tennis team who graduated in May of 2016, was a driving force behind Carolina’s efforts to gain Founders Club and Gold Medallion status. “To be one of the first to implement the program is a very proud moment for all of us who have worked to create a more open and accepting environment in UNC athletics,” Dai said. “I believe that LGBT SportSafe can further bridge the gap of any disconnect or misunderstanding between LGBTQ student-athletes and their peers, coaches, or administrators. More than anything though, I hope that this helps LGBTQ student-athletes realize that they are not alone and that there are amazing allies around them.”
The LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program was founded by Nevin Caple and Dr. Eric Lueshen earlier this year. In addition to raising awareness, it educates athletic institutions in the implementation of inclusive programming and policies.

“We are thrilled to welcome our first Atlantic Coast Conference partner institution, University of North Carolina,” said Caple. “UNC has shown a commitment to protecting LGBT student-athletes, coaches and administrators, and continues to play a key leadership role in making sport safe for all.”

For more information on LGBT SportSafe, go to lgbtsportsafe.com.

University of Colorado Boulder Recreation Services Becomes First Recreation Department to Partner with LGBT SportSafe

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CU Boulder Recreational ServicesBOULDER, CO – CU Boulder Recreation Services announced today that it has partnered with LGBT SportSafe to become the first recreational sports department in the country to join the inclusion program. The department has earned the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program SILVER Medallion, and will serve as a Founders Club member.

Prior to this announcement, only intercollegiate athletics departments had representation as members of the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program. CU Boulder Recreation Services now joins university athletic departments such as Nebraska, Northwestern, Oregon and Temple in leading the way for LGBT inclusion in sport.

“University of Colorado Boulder Recreation Services is pleased to partner with LGBT SportSafe to better support and educate sport club athletes, recreation members, recreation staff and the greater campus community,” said CU Boulder Recreation Services Director Gary Chadwick. “We believe in the unique, action oriented mission of LGBT SportSafe and how this relationship will further advance our efforts of inclusion and diversity.”

The LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program uses a new algorithm, the 3-Peat Model, to help administrators understand how to implement inclusive programming, policies and public awareness initiatives within their respective athletic communities. The program was founded by Nevin Caple and Dr. Eric Lueshen in 2016 to help build a sustainable and lasting approach around LGBT inclusion efforts within sport. Member institutions that actively engage in inclusion will be awarded a Gold, Silver or Bronze medallion for the athletic or recreational sport department’s website, a listing in the LGBT SportSafe national registry of inclusive athletic and recreational sport communities, and exclusive access to Coaches Corner, a comprehensive online resource for LGBT inclusion in sports which provides everything from webinars and model policies to discussion forums and best practices for athletic professionals.

“LGBT SportSafe is thrilled to welcome the University of Colorado Boulder Recreation Services to the program as a Founders Club member,” said Lueshen. “As the first recreational sports department to join the program, CU Boulder is taking the lead on LGBT inclusion in rec sports.”
Caple and Lueshen hope to team up with organizations like the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) to bring LGBT SportSafe to campus recreation departments around the country. “We value NIRSA’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and would like to take a more sustainable approach to build upon existing efforts to make campus recreation LGBT SportSafe.”

America East and LGBT SportSafe Launch First‐Ever Conference Partnership

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America EastBOSTON ‐ The America East Conference and the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program announced today a new partnership that will provide education and programming centered around LGBT issues to the conference’s member institutions. America East is the first collegiate conference to partner with LGBT SportSafe as it continues to be a national leader in its efforts to support LGBT inclusion efforts.

“The America East and its members are proud to be the first conference to partner with LGBT SportSafe,” said America East Commissioner, Amy Huchthausen. “This partnership builds upon our existing relationship with the You Can Play Project and reinforces inclusion as a critical part of our mission in creating a complete student‐athlete experience. Our members have sought increased programming in this area and this partnership with LGBT SportSafe will help ensure they continue to create a best‐in‐class environment around LGBT issues and inclusion.”

Founded in 2015 by Nevin Caple and Dr. Eric Lueshen and formally launched this summer, LGBT SportSafe provides an infrastructure for athletic administrators and coaches to support LGBT inclusion in college, high school and professional sports. As part of the conference partnership, LGBT SportsSafe will provide tailored programming that best fits the needs of each institution as well as provide workshops for coaches, administrators and student‐athletes at all nine America East institutions.

“LGBT SportSafe is thrilled to partner with the America East Conference,” said Caple, LGBT SportSafe Co‐ Founder and Managing Director. “As the first conference to implement the LGBT SportSafe model at every member institution, the America East Conference not only backs up a commitment to LGBTQ inclusion in sport, but continues to lead the conversation nationally.”

The LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program uses an innovative algorithm to help administrators understand how to implement inclusive programming, policies and public awareness initiatives within their respective athletic communities. Benefits for member institutions that actively engage in inclusion will be awarded a Gold, Silver or Bronze medallion for the athletic department website, a listing in the LGBT SportSafe national registry of inclusive athletic and recreational sport communities, and exclusive access to Coaches Corner, a comprehensive online resource for LGBT inclusion in sports which provides everything from webinars and model policies to discussion forums and best practices for athletic professionals.

“We in America East are awfully proud of being the first league that is comprehensively involved with LGBT SportSafe,” said Marty Scarano, University of New Hampshire Director of Athletics and Chair of the America East Athletics Director’s Council. “This is a very important initiative given the state of our culture today, the importance of the issue and the emphasis that all of us in America East institutionally have put on this topic. For the league to take this step, and to be the first comprehensive league to align themselves, says everything you need to know about the value system in America East.”

LGBT SportSafe is the second organization devoted to LGBT issues with which America East has been the first NCAA Division I conference to partner. Since 2012, the conference has aligned with the You Can Play Project, whose mission is to promote equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. This partnership has resulted in the very successful “YCP Nights” hosted by all nine members across several sports, including basketball, over the past two years and featured in USA Today this past February.

About America East: The America East provides its member schools and their athletic programs a platform upon which student‐athletes can achieve both collegiate and life success through the promotion and nurturing of athletic excellence, academic achievement and leadership, on and off the field.