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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Strength To Love, 1963

I truly believe that love wins.  I serve with the You Can Play Team to ensure a legacy of equality, inclusion, and mutual respect for all.  I believe there is strength and beauty in diversity.

It was an honor to return to Oxford this fall for a presentation by You Can Play’s Wade Davis and USA Today’s Christine Brennan.  You Can Play was started at Miami University to launch a national conversation with the hope of changing hearts and minds.

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Wade is a former NFL athlete, a brilliant speaker, and the Executive Director of You Can Play.  You Can Play has been adopted by the NHL, MLS, CFL, the America East Conference, the North Atlantic Conference, and NCAA student-athletes across the United States.  To learn more about the You Can Play Project, please visit http://youcanplayteam.org/

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Every figure skater lives for Christine Brennan’s rinkside reporting.  She is a columnist, best-selling author, television sports analyst, and the most widely read female sportswriter in the nation.  Brennan’s writing, often addressing controversial issues in sports, is widely read and respected, and she has won numerous awards and recognition as a journalist including the Women’s Sports Foundation’s journalism award four times.

Love changes everything.  I hope today and everyday, you will celebrate the greatness that lies within each one of us.  Everyone matters.

“The time is always right to do what’s right.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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