Over the past week or so, we’ve been listening to our players, alumni and community to try and find the right way to support our black athletes and community members. We know it’s not enough just to be proud of our locker room diversity, and we must do more to ensure that systemic racism does not continue. It is vital that we stand by those who are oppressed in society, and not allow these conditions and attitudes to persist.
As a program, we decided to do this in two ways:
- We asked our athletes and our alumni community to share their voices, which we will be broadcasting on our social media pages throughout the week.
- We collected a list of resources that we encourage you to support, which have been recommended (or in one case even started) by the Laurier Football players and community. You’ll find these resources a little further down in this article.
We encourage everyone to listen attentively to the stories and thoughts shared by members of our community, and support them in the fight against racism and inequality.
Ways You Can Help
- Black Lives Matter Solidarity Fund – Donate at: https://bit.ly/2MLDFVP
- I Am George Floyd Initiative started by Laurier Football Athlete Brentyn Hall – Donate and purchase apparel at www.iamgeorgefloyd.ca
- Laurier University
- The Association of Black Students (ABS)
- Black Women Congress Waterloo
- Support black-owned restaurants in the K-W area: https://bit.ly/3hbRNFO
- Volunteer with black owned businesses: afrobiz.ca
- They Call Me by Cecil Foster
- The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole
- Dominoes at the Crossroads by Kaie Kellough
- Support black owned businesses in Toronto – List courtesy of BlogTO.
We encourage everyone to make their voice heard, and do what they can to make a difference.