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Reign FC Partners with You Can Play in Support of Equality In Sports

June 28, 2013 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - OL Reign News Release

SEATTLE, WA - Seattle Reign FC today announced a partnership with the social advocacy group You Can Play. You Can Play is a campaign dedicated to the eradication of homophobia in sports, centered around the slogan, "If you can play, you can play."

The campaign was launched on March 4, 2012 by its three co-founders - Patrick Burke, a scout for the National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyers, Brian Kitts and Glenn Witman.

Seattle Reign FC is the first professional women's sport organization to partner with You Can Play. Reign FC is proud to pledge their support for sexual orientation equality in sport.

"You Can Play is proud to partner with Seattle Reign FC in promoting diversity and inclusion for all athletes," said Patrick Burke, president of the You Can Play Project. "Women's voices are extremely important in the fight for equality in sports. Reign FC is leading the way as the first professional women's team in the United States to show their support for our efforts and we're very grateful."

"I am excited that we are partnering with You Can Play and helping them take the steps that are needed to eradicate homophobia in professional sports," said Seattle Reign FC midfielder Jess Fishlock. "It's something I support 100% and I am honored to play for the first professional women's team aligned with this cause."

You Can Play is also partnered with the National Hockey League and recently announced partnership with Major League Soccer.

Seattle Reign FC will celebrate LGBT Pride Month at their home game on June 29 against the Chicago Red Stars at 8 p.m. PT at Starfire Sports. Fans attending the game will have the opportunity to purchase limited-edition pride t-shirts printed with the Reign FC logo.

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