You Can Play: The NAC Promotes Respect for All

Whitingham, Vt. – The North Atlantic Conference (NAC), in conjunction with its 10 member institutions, proudly announces the launching of its You Can Play Project today, Wednesday, November 19. Supporting the You Can Play Mission of “ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation,” the NAC embarked upon a video project capturing the voices of student-athletes, administrators and coaches, to share a commitment of inclusion for and in support of, all members of the conference community.

For more information on the You Can Play Project, please click HERE.

In the spring of 2013, the NAC Presidents Council affirmed its commitment to respect and inclusion by placing their support behind a project aimed at combatting homophobia on campus and recognizing the benefit of diversity at each member institution. Matt Dekens, former President of the NAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Johnson State College student-athlete, pitched the concept of creating the You Can Play video as a means of achieving the goal of the NAC leadership. It was through the hard work and thoughtful discussion of the full NAC SAAC that shaped the message and launched the project. 

To view all eleven of the NAC You Can Play videos, please click HERE.




In order to maintain the student ownership and authenticity, the NAC tapped into resources from one of the member campuses to capture the voices of the student-athletes. Several seniors at the New England School of Communications of Husson University traveled over 1,500 miles to sit down with NAC Student-Athletes & Athletics Staff. The result of this hard work is a three minute conference-wide video, which premieres as the first portion of this two part program. The three minute piece took the students 10 weeks of writing, filming, interviewing, and editing to effectively capture the You Can Play mission. In addition, the students created 10 different 30 second spots to represent each member institution in the conference. 


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The North Atlantic Conference is a Division III Intercollegiate Athletics conference committed to the core values of Excellence, Integrity, Equity and Diversity.  Current full members of the NAC include Castleton State College, Colby-Sawyer College, University of Maine-Farmington, Green Mountain College, Husson University, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College, Maine Maritime Academy, New England College and Thomas College.