In the wake of this moment that we’re living through, people from all over the country and around the world have spoken out about the systemic racism that Black people face in America and beyond. Within the volleyball world, we have seen countless posts and statements of support. It is great that so many people are recognizing the many problems and injustices that exist in our society and even within our own sport. But recognizing the problem and stating our support is only the first step.
We have to do more. We can each commit to taking real action– to support with our money or time, to educate ourselves, and to advocate for change. Some of our top athletes from Team USA volleyball have come together to call on this community to take and share actions. Imagine what we could do if we all joined in.
Whether on your own or with your team, choose an action that you can take against racism and injustice. You can go to AthletesTakeAction.org to find ideas or resources and to add your name to the list of supporters in the volleyball community. Then, make sure you share the action you’ve decided to take using #AthletesTakeAction and help us spread this call to action throughout the entire volleyball community and beyond.
This message has been shared with PrepVolleyball by Cassidy Lichtman, former setter at Stanford and U.S. National Team member, and founder of P/ATH.