Wisconsin backs national ‘You Can Play’ initiative supporting LGBT athletes

first_imgAlthough her time with Wisconsin athletics is coming to a close, Ilana Friedman, a member of the women’s hockey team, has done her part to leave her mark with hard work off the ice over the last year.With Friedman’s work and cooperation from the Athletic Department, UW joined the “You Can Play” movement that hundreds of other college athletic departments, high schools, professional sports teams and other sports organizations already supporting the project.“As an out member of the LGBT community, the ‘You Can Play’ project is the perfect fit for UW Athletics,” Friedman said at a press conference Monday. “The support and reception from my teammates, fellow Badger athletes, staff from inside the Athletic Department and the larger Madison community in response to YCP has been overwhelmingly positive and shows how progressive and outstanding the Wisconsin Badger community truly is.”The central goal for the ‘You Can Play’ project is to ensure equality, respect and safety for all athletes regardless of sexual orientation. The program is also focused on working to provide all athletes a fair chance to be judged by other athletes and fans based only on their contributions to the team.To demonstrate its support for the movement, the department produced a video for the Wisconsin YouTube channel focused on the message, “If you can play, you can play.”last_img read more

Colin Kaepernick wanted $20M to play in AAF, report says

first_img AAF reportedly posts better ratings than top NBA matchup The Alliance of American Football reached out to quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Tim Tebow about playing in the spring league, co-founder Bill Polian told The Athletic this week.That’s big news, but Kaepernick’s purported response is eye-popping. Tebow declined to join the league, Polian said. The former NFL QB will be in the Mets’ MLB camp this spring as he pursues a career in baseball.A couple notes after talking to Bill Polian about AAF:1) CEO Charlie Ebersol reached out to Colin Kaepernick about interest in playing in the league. “I don’t know what transpired, but he’s obviously not playing,” Polian said. Polian personally spoke to Tim Tebow, who declined.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) February 14, 2019Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback, began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice in 2016. The quarterback opted out of his contract with San Francisco in March 2017 and has not found work in the NFL since.He threw for 72 touchdowns with 30 interceptions during his six seasons with the 49ers. He also rushed for 13 scores and led the Niners to the Super Bowl after the 2012 NFL season. The former 49ers quarterback, 31, wanted $20 million or more to consider playing with the league that started play last weekend, The Associated Press reported, citing an unidentified person with knowledge of the conversation.Neither side has publicly acknowledged the discussions, but Kaepernick’s price tag clearly made him a non-starter — literally and figuratively. AAF players’ non-guaranteed contracts pay them $225,000 over three years, but they also are free beginning in May to pursue NFL careers. Related Newscenter_img Meanwhile, Tebow has been out of the NFL since 2012. The former Florida star, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2007, is currently playing minor league baseball in the Mets organization.Polian and Charlie Ebersol co-founded the AAF in 2018. The league’s inaugural games were last weekend. Former Jets QB Christian Hackenberg struggles in AAF debutlast_img read more