Student athletes and coaches in the athletics department at New York University have created an It Gets Better video.

The It Gets Better Project encourages bullied LGBT teens considering suicide to hang in there, because life eventually gets better.

NYU student Jay Hayes directed and starred in the nearly 3-minute video.

“I know I can achieve anything I can set my mind on doing, and I can do that while being out, and being proud of who I am,” Hayes said in the video.

He added in an interview with NYU Local: “Athletics is the next frontier for gay rights. When you look at the civil rights movement, it wouldn't have been as successful if a person like Jackie Robinson hadn't been there. I really hope that a gay athlete comes out soon. I think that professional sports these days are just a business and these players know that it could hurt the brand and the bottom line if they come out.”

The video also includes Jolie Ward, head women's volleyball coach at NYU, and Scott Donie, the school's assistant swimming and diving coach.

“I've been a coach for 14 years. I'm the proud mother of a beautiful baby girl. And I'm in a committed relationship for six years,” Ward said in the video. “I'm gay and I'm proud of who I am.”

“Too often, people are bullied for their sexual orientation or their perceived sexual orientation,” Donie said. “As a diver and an athlete, this is something I experienced growing up.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)