Sharks' Tommy Wingels steps up for gay athletes
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Burke, 21, was killed in a car crash several months after coming out nationally in an ESPN.com story, and in his honor, close friend Wingels, now a forward with the San Jose Sharks, became a founding benefactor of the You Can Play project, which is dedicated to ensuring respect and equality for all athletes, regardless of sexual orientation.
Wingels and former Miami teammate Andy Miele, now with the Phoenix Coyotes, were the first pro athletes to support You Can Play, which was started by Brendan Burke's brother, Patrick; Burke's father, Brian, the acting president and general manager of the Calgary Flames; and Brian Kitts and Glenn Witman.
Area athletes on boardYou Can Play has gone on to become one of the most high-profile campaigns in sports, with dozens of athletes, teams and well-known musicians filming videos to support the cause.
In the Bay Area, Joe Thornton of the Sharks, Coco Crisp of the A's, Vernon Davis of the 49ers, Marcel Reece of the Raiders, Klay Thompson of the Wa...
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