Sports + Social Justice

Sports + Social Justice From Previous Weeks

NBA to Forego Social Justice Messages for 20-21 Season

The NBA has decided that social justice messages on the court and on jerseys will no longer be allowed for next season.

When referring to his recent comments, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said, "We're completely committed to standing for social justice and racial equality. It's part of the DNA of this league. I would say in terms of the messages you see on the court on our jerseys, this was an extraordinary moment in time, when we began the discussions with the players and what we all lived through this summer."

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James Preaches Ongoing Effort

Lakers Superstar LeBron James reiterated social justice work beyond the NBA bubble Thursday.

On a videoconference call with reporters, James addressed the issue and said, “We don’t stop spreading the message of hope and justice for people of color. But I hope that people continue to use their platform, use their individual social media platforms, or if they are doing it that way, if you are an individual that goes into your community and does it that way.”

Over the summer James started a nonprofit organization in hopes of combating black voter suppression and educating others about voting rights.

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Arizona Sports Lead the Charge

Arizona Sports Executives and Team Leaders were joined together by a nonprofit organization to talk about what they can do to promote social justice.

Many fans want to see a difference moving forward - Arizona Cardinals Owner Michael Bidwill reassured that same sentiment. Bidwill said, “I think Arizona is the right place, and I think Arizona can be a model for the rest of the United States for change. We’re really starting to see the ripple effect. Our (NFL) players started it, [Kaepernick] started it; others have started it. I think this is going to be an important year in terms of advancement of equality in America.”

Arizona sports started the conversation about social justice years ago and hope they can keep inspiring other sports communities and states to follow in their footsteps.

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LMU Women’s Basketball Join a Good Cause

The LMU Women’s Basketball Team will take part in a virtual 5k race called Race for Change on Oct.15-18.

The race is being put on by the UC San Diego Women’s basketball program as an effort to address racial equality while working together with other programs who want to see change in as many communities as possible

Each university that signs up, along with LMU, will pick a different social justice initiative focused on racial equality to fundraise for. With proceeds going to and profiting the UC San Diego Black Resource Center.

Referring to the Race for Change that her team will take part in, LMU Head Coach Charity Elliott said, "We are thrilled to partner with UCSD Women's Basketball by participating with them for the Race for Change. We want to stand up for equality and justice for all and especially our African American players, coaches and neighbors. We are committed to action, and the Race for Change is one small thing we can do to stand up to end all racism."

LMU Senior Forward Jasmine Jones also offered her thoughts on the race. From a video posted to the team’s twitter page, Jones said, “We are racing for the continuous injustices in our country, and police brutality that our systems allow on a daily basis. We are running for Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many many more who have lost their lives because of the color of their skin.”

All LMU community members, supporters and fans all across the country are encouraged to participate in the race anywhere they are able. Whether it be running, swimming, walking or even biking - the emphasis isn’t on how it’s done - it’s what it’s being done for that matters the most.

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