Sport Clubs in Solidarity
- Women's Basketball
Statement of Solidarity
In light of recent events, Women’s Club Basketball would like to express its solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We condemn the ongoing racism that threatens people just because of the color of their skin. Basketball and other team sports have the power to unite people from all different backgrounds and cultures. We believe it is necessary to be a team player at all times. Part of being a team player is standing up for one another, both on and off the court. We hope to foster a supportive and welcoming community for anyone who is willing to put in the time and effort.
We will also work to promote a safe and comfortable environment for people of all backgrounds. No one should ever feel unwelcome doing something they love. More than ever, a team-oriented mindset is necessary. Together, we must support one another, fight and work together in pursuit of growth and community.
We also think it is important to learn about the role of race within basketball and the contributions that Black players have made to basketball. Even though basketball today is enjoyed and played by a diverse range of individuals, the sport has been historically marred by segregation. Until the 1950s, no black players were allowed to play in the National Basketball Association. The sport has come a long way since its racist past thanks to the bravery of Early Lloyd, Nat Clifton, and Chuck Cooper who paved the way for inclusivity. Because of them, we have grown up marveling at the basketball wizardry displayed by Michael Jordan, Maya Moore, Kobe Bryant, Tamika Catchings, Sheryl Swoopes and LeBron James.
There is still more progress to be made for racial equality within basketball. At the professional level, efforts to promote equity at the executive level in the NBA have been undertaken, changing words such as “owner” to more neutral terms and working for greater diversity within executive positions. Our team is committed to continuing to educate ourselves about ways in which a legacy of racism still exists within the sport we all love to play.
We are committed to battling all forms of racism, and we will continue to uphold an inclusive and welcoming environment to all players. We encourage you to explore the resources listed below. Together, we can make a difference.
All the best,
Women’s Club Basketball
- “The Last Dance” - a documentary series centered around Michael Jordan’s life and career
- “Nine for IX” - an ESPN documentary series commemorating the 40th anniversary of Title IX, featuring accomplished women in sports, including Sheryl Swoopes, the first player to be signed in the WNBA and a three-time Olympic gold medalist.
https://www.amazon.com/Nine-for-IX-Season-1/dp/B00E97B3C4 (Also on YouTube TV)
- Know Your Rights Camp : founded by Colin Kaepernick, educational camps for black and brown youth throughout the country
- I Run With Maud: promoting racial justice in memory of Ahmaud Arbery, who was murdered while going on a run
- Figure Skating
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Women's Soccer