The Toronto Marlies, a professional hockey team in the American Hockey League, have taken a pledge from the You Can Play project. The pledge dedicates the team to being inclusive and support everyone "gay or straight." Several players also appear in a video to compliment the pledge, which will be hung in the locker room and in the concourse.
The pledge reads:
The Toronto Marlies pledge to support all of our coaches, teammates, and fans- gay or straight. We stand for the idea that athletes should be judged for their character, work ethic, and talent. Not their sexual orientation. Racist, homophobic, and sexist language have no place in our arena.
Everyone contributes. Everyone is valued. Everyone matters.
We pledge: To make our locker room a place of unity.
We pledge: To support and encourage each other on and off the ice.
We pledge: To make Toronto proud to have us represent them.
On behalf of the Toronto Marlies, We Pledge: If you can cheer, you can cheer. If you can coach, you can coach. If you can play, You Can Play.