The You Can Play Project announced on Tuesday that former NFL player Wade Davis has been named as the organization's Executive Director.
Davis is one of a small number of openly gay men to have played professional sports. He played college football at Weber State before spending four years with NFL practice squads and in NFL Europe. In addition to his collegiate and professional sports background, Davis has spent the last two and a half years working with inner-city LGBTQ youth at the prestigious Hetrik-Martin Institute in New York City.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to join such a ground-breaking organization in You Can Play," said Davis in a statement. "In a short period of time, their work has made significant strides in changing the culture of the sports world. I am hopeful that my background as an athlete and an LGBT youth advocate will allow me to take You Can Play to the next level."
This year, Davis co-founded the You Belong Initiative, which partnered with the NBA, You Can Play, and other LGBT Sports groups to provide the world's first LGBTQ sports camp to inner city youth. A member of this year's HBO "Out List", Davis has written for the New York Times, Huffington Post, Outsports.com, and other major media outlets. Davis appears on the boards of the GLSEN Sports Project and Go! Athletes.
"Wade is an absolute home run addition for You Can Play. With a background in both professional sports and in working directly with LGBT youth, he has what can only be described as utterly unique expertise," said You Can Play co-founders Patrick Burke, Brian Kitts, and Glenn Witman in a joint statement.