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Idea Factory: Student Athletes Matter: Social activism for change

Release Date: January 25, 2022
Speaker: Ty Faulkner
Title: Student Athletes Matter: Social activism for change
Abstract: ­­Historically athletes like Jack Johnson, Jackie Robinson, Tommie Smith & John Carlos, Babe Ruth, Venus Williams, Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King, Magic Johnson, Pat Tillman & Colin Kaepernick have all use their highly visible Sport platform for protest, marching against injustice, and to conduct other forms of social activism for change.


Are student athletes expected to be role models & social activists?

A social activist is a person who works to achieve political or social change as a member of an organization, stands for a cause, or addresses a particular aim & injustice. In this idea factory presentation, explore why it’s important for college students & athletes to stand and speak-up peacefully for a cause or injustice. Athletes now have the right to use their sport platform as name, image, and likeness (NIL) for personal profit. But, what if more athletes used their NIL brand to bring attention to a cause or an injustice? Learn about social activism from LTU students, athletes, and a coach who will share how and why they’ve taken a knee, raised a clenched fist, demonstrated publicly, marched in protest, and other forms of social activism.

 
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