Georgetown Student-Athletes Debut

Nov. 4, 2013

WASHINGTON - Members of the Georgetown University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee have been busy this school year, taking part in community service activities throughout the semester and planning for more during the second half of the year.

SAAC has also been busy this semester with the production of a "You Can Play" video, similar to those that have been produced by other college and professional teams and are done to ensure safe spaces and equal treatment for all athletes, including their LGBTQ teammates.

The "You Can Play" project is a social activism campaign that began in 2012 and is primarily aimed at "ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation. You Can Play works to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport or their team's success."

The Georgetown production of its "You Can Play" video was developed over the summer and put into place once student-athletes returned to campus, with senior baseball player Alex Pettee (New Canaan, Conn./St. Luke's) coordinating most of the efforts.

"I think this project has developed well over time and its strength and power come from being designed by the student-athletes," SAAC President, and women's volleyball player, Annalee Abell (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay), said. "Alex did a phenomenal job designing the video and it really shows."

"Athletics has always been a strong platform from which to raise awareness about certain causes. At Georgetown, we emphasize every day that this is a place where all are welcome, not matter the circumstances. I think our video shows that and SAAC couldn't be more proud of that. This is just one step of many in raising further awareness about the LBGTQ issue. It is my hope that SAAC and Georgetown athletics have contributed to the progress that needs happen to make LBGTQ athletes and people everywhere feel welcome and accepted."

Pettee, a fifth-year senior on the baseball team who tried out for the team three times before making it as a senior, graduated cum laude from the McDonough School of Business with a degree in finance and is now enrolled in the School of Continuing Studies real estate finance master's program. He has edited and produced several videos for the baseball team and for the strength & conditioning program at Georgetown prior to his work on the "You Can Play" video.

"We wanted our video to be unique in that the message came directly from us, the student-athletes," he said. "We didn't have an outside firm come in and make it for us. From the initial script to the final editing, it was all us, and I think the authenticity of the film makes the message all the more powerful."

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