28 Mar '16, 4pm

NHL safety director Patrick Burke running to help end homophobia in sports

NHL safety director Patrick Burke running to help end homophobia in sports

Patrick Burke after the NYC Half on March 20. Photo: Provided. Recalling to his days in primary school, Patrick Burke never considered himself much of a runner. So much so that he jokingly recounted a story of when he lived in Vancouver doing everything he could to avoid the one-mile run for gym class. Now, Burke says, running keeps him sane and focused and acts as a way to carve out time in his busy schedule to disconnect for an hour and go for a run in New York City’s Central Park. He’s also using running for another reason: to fundraise for You Can Play, an organization he co-founded which works to ensure safety and inclusion for all who participate in sports, including LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) athletes, coaches and fans. “Running’s only something I took up six or seven years ago,” says Burke. “It started as a way to get fit and now it’s turned into...

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