LeagueSide Stands in Solidarity With the Black Community

An official statement along with resources to both educate and take action.

LeagueSide stands in solidarity with the Black members in our community — our partners, youth sports organizers, coaches, players, parents, and everyone else affected deeply by the tragic and senseless death of George Floyd and far too many others.

We have always believed that youth sports is a vehicle that bridges communities together and teaches kids valuable life lessons. We will continue to fight towards fulfilling our mission of making youth sports accessible to all.

As a community-driven organization, we will invest both time and resources towards combating racism and advancing equity in the communities that we serve. Our first step has been educating ourselves through research and conversations. Below are a list of resources to both learn about what is happening and to take action.

We are with you. We can and we will do more to make society better.

 

Charities/ Foundations (sports centric, educational, or community focused):

Lebron James Foundation

Black Women in Sports

Boys and Girls Club of America

Color of Change

Why Not You (Russell Wilson)

Books:

White Fragility – Robin DiAngelo 

How To Be An Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi

How We Fight White Supremacy – Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin

The Broken Heart of America – Walter Johnson 

The Education of Black People: Ten Critiques, 1906 – 1960 – W.E.B. DuBois

For additional book recommendations, please see a suggested list by Ibram X. Kendi here:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/29/books/review/antiracist-reading-list-ibram-x-kendi.html

Podcasts:

Seeing White Series a 14-part documentary series exploring whiteness in America 

Code Switch news viewed through the lens of race and identity

The 1619 Project, an unprecedented attempt to understand the legacy of enslavement on society

Articles:

NYTimes: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant by Jose Antonio Vargas 

VOX: The Intersectionality Wars by Jane Coaston 

The Atlantic: Who Gets to Be Afraid in America by Ibram X. Kendi 

Washington Post: We must confront the inconsistent laws by Sherrilyn Ifill

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh 

The Atlantic: The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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