As our nation grapples with issues of racial inequality, police brutality and social justice, PCA is focused on efforts to generate conversation and change around racism in our workplaces and communities. Through our Sports Can Battle Racism Roundtables we hope to be a driving force for reconciliation by partnering with coaches and leaders across the country, providing them with tools needed to foster a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.
When sports are done right, they cannot fix anti-Black racism alone, but the positive and inclusive actions of coaches, parents, student-athletes, organizational and school leaders throughout the country can start to reverse an age-old trend of systemic racism.
Sports Can Battle Racism Roundtables
On Monday, June 29, PCA hosted a Virtual Roundtable titled "Sports Can Battle Racism: How Coaches, Parents, and Administrators Can Play a Positive Role." The conversation was moderated by PCA's Marti Reed and Trennis Jones and included representatives from PCA's partners RISE, We Coach, and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.
On Thursday, September 24, PCA hosted our third Sports Can Battle Racism Webinar. The topic of conversation was on college culture and respect. The panelists included Dr. Akilah Carter-Francique, Rick George, Imani McGee-Stafford, Rodney Page, and Jamie Zaninovich.
Our fourth Sports Can Battle Racism Roundtable was held on Friday, November 20th. The topic for this webinar was Growing the Game: Actively increasing access and improving the experiences of young athletes. The panel included Clint Sanchez from First Tee, Olympic Women's Water Polo Gold Medalist Brenda Villa, Former Stanley Cup Champion Jamal Mayers, and the mother of Sloane Stephens, Sybil Smith, who is the Executive Director of the Sloane Stephens Foundation.
On National Girls & Women in Sports Day, PCA was joined by a panel of amazing women for our Sports Can Battle Racism Roundtable series. The panel included Olympic bobsledder Aja Evans, Olympic gold medalist Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, and USWNT veteran Danielle Slaton.
Later in the day, we were fortunate to have a one-on-one discussion with Assistant Coach for the Sacramento Kings, Lindsey Harding. These four amazing women joined us to celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day and to discuss the topic of self-expression through sports as a female athlete and the topic of race in sports and what we need to do to make positive changes.
PCA Regional Director Trennis Jones chatted with Otis Sadler, the first Black tennis player to play at the University of Texas, and Mal Washington, a 1996 Wimbledon finalist and 2009 Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year. They left us with some valuable input that you might want to tuck away for future reference. Check out these Top 10 Tips and feel free to share the full webinar recording with your local tennis community.