After an explosion in the fight for racial equality and social justice back in early May, the fire remains ablaze today — resulting in companies across America, including the National Football League (NFL), pledging millions towards extinguishing systemic racism. But while the NFL’s historic pledge of $250 million is certainly a step in the right direction, it’s up to the teams and their most important asset— the players — to ignite sustainable social change.

By using the knowledge, the power and the influence of each club to address the specific social needs of that club’s community, the NFL (and leagues…

A pandemic, social uprisings and uncertainty: three things that have riddled the United States at the halfway point of 2020. As a result, our perennially sport-riddled fall, winter and even spring are unpredictable — and for Ivy League, Colonial Athletic Association and Southern Athletic Association schools — cancelled. But while seasons with no sports due to a health disruption would lessen the immediate need for coaches, perhaps it would strengthen the immediate need for player development personnel. Well, the aforementioned statement was only partially theoretical.

The immediate need for player development personnel is especially evident after the explosion in the…

In unprecedented times due to the combination of a pandemic and a social and political upheaval, the battle for racial equality is far from novel. And while social change has weaved in-and-out of headlines throughout history, sport has consistently found itself at the center — just look at Jackie Robinson in 1947, Muhammad Ali in 1967, Billy Jean King in 1973 and Colin Kaepernick in 2016.

So, while the battle against racial inequality appears at the forefront again today, the voice of a single professional athlete may be more amplified than ever. …

A.J. Forbes

Graduate Assistant at The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) | Former NFL Players Association and Kansas City Chiefs Intern

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