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.
On Thursday, March 4, PCA hosted a webinar titled, “Ladies Leading the Leagues'' in conjunction with Spurs Give, the nonprofit organization of Spurs Sports and Entertainment. The mission of Spurs Give is to “strengthen and serve our community through impactful programming, player engagements, and investments that enrich the lives of youth and those around them”. PCA’s Trennis Jones and Casey Miller moderated the conversation which included Corinna Holt Richter from Spurs Give, with guests Chrysa Chin, Dionna Widder, Laura Dixon, and George Gervin.
PCA teamed up with renowned author Dave Zirin for our latest webinar for a discussion titled “Supporting the Civic Courage of Young Athletes." Hosted by PCA’s Marti Reed and Trennis Jones, the trio led a discussion through many topics including listening to the voices of youth, repeating history, and remaining a positive force in times of great uncertainty.
Empowering our youth requires an understanding from both sides, and Zirin holds the belief that thinking youth should stay out of situations like this is a case of ignorance. “Anybody saying the youth should not have to worry about this has not been paying attention for the last 20 years,” Zirin stated. He believes that much of the ‘youth anxiety’ epidemic has been caused by this lack of understanding between parties.