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Vote early, vote often for You Can Play, Colorado! student videos

The Colorado High School Activities Association today released 13 student-produced videos from every region across Colorado as part of its “You Can Play, Colorado!” contest—a program focused on stopping bullying and delivering messages of inclusion and acceptance for all students participating in high school activities such as sports, speech, music and student leadership.

Students, parents, school supports and, well, every Coloradan are welcomed to vote for their favorite. CHSAA encourages school communities to vote early and often for their hometown video candidate. Each school submitting a video is eligible to receive prize money, with the grand prize school receiving $2,500. One Fan Favorite from each CHSAA classification will receive a $500 prize. On-line voting begins Friday, March 7 and closes Wednesday, March 12. The winning student videos will be announced and highlighted at the March 15 state basketball championships at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

“You Can Play, Colorado!” is part of the “We Are CHSAA” positive leadership campaign, an educational experience—in partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance, You Can Play and the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado—dedicated to ensuring that all students are encouraged to participate and be accepted for what they bring to a team or activity, and not excluded for what some might see as differences. To learn more about the “You Can Play, Colorado!” contest and to view the videos and vote, please visit CHSAANow.com/leadership/youcanplay.

Chalkbeat is happy to feature each of these videos, showcasing Colorado students’ diversity, creativity and compassion.

Center High School, Center

CIVA Charter School, Colorado Springs

D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School, Denver

Dolores High School, Dolores

Global Leadership Academy, Denver

Grandview High School, Aurora

Holyoke High School, Holyoke

JeffCo Public Schools

Liberty School Joes

Mofatt County High School, Craig

Monarch High School, Louisville

Pagosa Springs High School, Pagosa Springs

ThunderRidge High School, Highlands Ranch

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