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Stanford University : If You Can Play, You Can Play
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 06/09/2013

STANFORD, CALIF. – Stanford University has seen at least one of its varsity athletic programs win a national championship in 37 consecutive years. With 121 team national titles, 104 of them NCAA championships, Stanford student-athletes are also championing numerous social causes including the You Can Play Project.

A student-led group, Stanford Athletes and Allies Together (StAAT), supports the You Can Play Project to show that at Stanford, an athlete’s performance is what counts, not one’s sexual identity, gender identity, or gender preference. In its latest project, StAAT partnered with the Stanford Athletic Department to produce a video which is available on the department’s website and YouTube’s the Cardinal Channel. It is also available for distribution.

Watch the Video:

 Co-founded by Toni Kokenis (Women’s Basketball), Smriti Sridhar (Women’s Rugby), Noah Garcia (Men’s Swimming and Diving), and Annie Graham (Women’s Club Soccer), StAAT works alongside the athletic department to strengthen the support of LGBT athletes at the University.

 Stanford University prides itself on both its academic and athletic excellence, fostering an inclusive community that cherishes all forms of diversity, including ethnicity, race, disabilities, and sexualities.

 Appearing in the video are Stanford coaches, administrative staff and numerous varsity athletes. As Kokenis says, “We welcome all athletes, no matter your identity or your sport. At Stanford, if you can play, you can play!”

 Video participants include: Hope Burke (Field Hockey), Morgan Fuller (Synchronized Swimming), Katie Nelms (track and field), Carly Wopat (Volleyball), Alexis Lee (Water Polo), Mariah Stackhouse (Golf), Theresa Shropshire (Squash), Chioma Ubogagu (Soccer), Tylyn Wells (Softball), Merideth Kalinowski (Lacrosse), Kay Rusher (Rowing), Lindsey Kotsas (Tennis), Cale Robinson (Gymnastics), Kristian Ipsen (Swimming and Diving), Eric Mochalski (Volleyball), Mike Carter (Water Polo), Josh Huestis (Basketball), Mike Atchoo (Cross Country), Sahil Bloom (Baseball), Barry Sanders (Football), Dominick Franks (Golf), Tara VanDerveer (Head Coach, Women’s Basketball), Jason Borrelli (Head Coach, Men’s Wrestling), Kristen Smyth (Head Coach, Women’s Gymnastics), John Dunning (Head Coach, Women’s Volleyball), Earl Koberlein (Senior Associate Athletic Director), Taylor Lynn (Sports Performance Coordinator), Allison Vendt (Academic Advisor for Student-Athletes), and Bernard Muir (Athletic Director).

Stanford Athletics Mission Statement
From its founding in 1891, Stanford University's leaders have believed that physical activity is valuable for its own sake and that vigorous exercise is complementary to the educational purposes of the university. Within this context for human development, it is the mission of Stanford's Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation to offer a wide range of high quality programs which will encourage and facilitate all participants to realize opportunities for championship athletic participation, physical fitness, health and well-being.


Principles That Guide Us
We Will Teach

  • By encouraging our student-athletes to capture all the joy, power and extraordinary personal growth that comes to those who compete and support athletic excellence.
  • By hiring and retaining the best coaches and staff members available and arming them with the tools to achieve at the highest level.
  • By fostering and nurturing a coaching, physical education and recreation staff that is committed to teaching with integrity and ambition and that performs in a manner which is consistent with the academic priorities of Stanford University.
  • By recognizing the need to work as a team while valuing each individual's unique characteristics and abilities.
  • By committing ourselves to the personal development and well-being of our student-athletes and staff. Those who participate at all levels will learn the benefits of teamwork, discipline, goal setting, physical fitness, healthy lifestyles, character development, self-confidence, sportsmanship, and an appreciation for lifelong learning.

We Will Lead

  • By being the model of success, of universal opportunity, and of unwavering commitment to the ideal of the scholar-athlete.
  • By operating with integrity as we follow the spirit and the letter of each rule. Integrity will be displayed in our policies, performances and programs.
  • By continuing our long history of conference and national prominence through a commitment to cutting edge involvement in athletic issues.

We Will Win

  • By maximizing our effort in every competition, on every team and in every setting where skill, determination and hard work combine to achieve singularly successful results.
  • By having an uncompromising commitment to Conference and National championships and by providing each student-athlete with the tools necessary to be successful at the highest levels of both academic and athletic performance.
  • By creating a commitment to a university-wide wellness culture that will allow Stanford students, faculty and staff to maximize their health and fitness opportunities throughout their lives.

We Will Serve

  • By respecting, honoring and responding to the needs of our student-athletes, coaches, colleagues, advocates and members of our larger community.
  • By encouraging innovation and creativity. We will harness technology to extend our reach and to interface with our various internal and external constituencies.
  • Through fiscal responsibility in all elements of departmental operations.
  • By advancing outreach as a fundamental component of the department, we will strive to enhance the overall mission of the University through competitive excellence, effective outreach and an on-going commitment to customer service.
  • By utilizing the department resources and physical facilities to serve the campus community, our alumni and our supporters throughout the world.
  • By valuing our heritage, and in doing so we commit ourselves to championship caliber athletic achievement and the on-going enhancement of the traditions of Stanford Athletics, including leadership, individual and team achievement and intense pride and loyalty.



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