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UM Athletics joins LGBT You Can Play Project, posts video and plans pregame diversity celebration

University of Miami Athletics has joined You Can Play Project, a national group with the slogan, "Gay athletes. Straight allies. Teaming up for respect."

You Can Play Project was co-founded by Patrick Burke, the NHL's director of player safety, whose younger brother Brendan made headlines when he came out of the closet in Nov. 2009, three months before he died at 21 in a car crash.

UM has just posted a You Can Play video that features players, coaches and university President Donna Shalala.

The university also will host a "Celebration of Diversity" before the women's basketball game on Jan. 19.

Here's what UM posted on YouTube, along with the video:

Hurricane Athletics embraces, celebrates and respects all members of the U family.

If you can play, you can play.

Support the continuation of the You Can Play movement at the women's basketball game vs. NC State on Sunday, January 19 at 2 p.m.

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