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Student-athlete activists deserve our empathy

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Something strange played out in American college athletics this summer. While our nation rallied in the wake of police brutality, organizing and demonstrating with a renewed focus on eradicating systemic racism, student-athletes took to the front lines. Players with massive social media followings provided real-time feedback to virtual stadiums of fans and observers, attentive to their every word. And when …

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Ozell Williams is a symptom of a bigger problem in amateur sports.

In Sports Culture by Trey AthletesLeave a Comment

What Coach Williams did was wrong. But society’s attitudes towards coaches and athletics are just as much to blame. Something disturbing happened at East High School’s recent summer cheer camp: teenage athletes were held down and physically forced into the splits, while screaming in pain and begging for it to stop. East HS is located in Denver, and its cheer …