Nebraska, Northwestern, Oregon join LGBT inclusion program

NEW YORK (AP) Nebraska, Northwestern and Oregon are partnering with an advocacy group on a new program for LGBT inclusion in sports.

The schools have joined the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program, which educates athletic administrators and coaches about providing healthy environments in sports.

The LGBT SportSafe Inclusion co-founder Nevin Caple has worked with Dr. Eric Lueshen, a former Cornhusker football player, to create the program. Caple is also the co-founder of Br(ache the Silence, which aims to shift the focus from homophobia to inclusion in college sports.

Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst says the affiliation ''reaffirms Nebraska's commitment and desire to be a leader in diversity and inclusion.''

The program trains sports leaders on gay issues and nondiscrimination policies. Schools can place a medallion on their websites noting their diversity efforts. Caple says it will help recruits and potential hires ''identify inclusive athletic departments.''