March 27, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown Athletic Department partnered with the LGBTQ Center and the Lecture Fund to bring former NFL punter Chris Kluwe to the Hilltop of Wednesday evening to speak to Georgetown students. Following his original presentation, Kluwe met with a small group of student-athletes administrators in order to explore opportunities for advocacy and education within the context of student-athlete development.
Kluwe has become a nationally-recognized voice for equal rights, particularly in regard to equal marriage rights for the LGBTQ community. Kluwe spoke to the student-athletes about his journey from student-athlete at UCLA to an eight year career with the Minnesota Vikings, and his evolution as an ardent supporter of civil rights and equal opportunities.
This past fall, members of the Georgetown Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) produced a video as part of the "You Can Play" campaign. The goal of the campaign is "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."