"Social Justice” has become a loaded concept, meaning something different to different people, and while it’s nothing new that some athletes, coaches, and sports-media professionals have used their respective platforms to promote awareness of various issues and to inspire change, it’s not commonly understood *why* they’ve done so. What personal experiences or situations have they faced that motivated them to become advocates or activists?
In this recently published book and related website, there are personal stories from athletes, coaches, and sports-media professionals who represent an array of sports and “levels” within sport, ranging from youth to collegiate to pro. Each chapter explores their own intersection of their respective sport and a social-justice topic or issue relevant to them, and each chapter has been written from first-person narrative perspective, where, in the spirit of empathy, the student-authors composed these stories as though they were the actual athletes, coaches, etc. This presents an opportunity to discuss not only the intersection of social justice and sports but also empathy — why it's essential at such a polarized time and how sports-related stories like these can help bridge this polarization.
Project Coordinator: Adam Kuban