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Score! How the AU Black Athlete Coalition is Fostering Community Amongst Black Students

     With the integral role sports play in American culture, athletes are often given an elevated platform to express their thoughts and opinions. At American University, the Black students are comprised of different athletes from multiple varsity teams. Students founded the club in the Fall of 2020 to help foster community amongst Black athletes in the wake of the George Floyd murder earlier that year. “The protests for George Floyd that happened throughout the summer made us more certain that this needed to happen,” former event coordinator and founding member of the club Morgan Brinson said about the group's inception. Morgan, a former Lady Eagle soccer player and current graduate student at Rice, had this to say about the organization’s impact on her time at American; “Our community as Black athletes were so small, we felt disconnected from one another. It was a way to bring everyone together and let them know we’re here for one another”. The group’s mission is “to “provide a safe and open environment for Black student-athletes to share their experiences inside and outside of their sport, empower them as people of color, educate [the AU] community on issues of social justice, and foster a culture of diversity, inclusion, and excellence within the American University athletics department”. The club fulfills its mission through organizing events for student-athletes, such as panels and game nights, as well as sponsoring different charity and fundraising initiatives. Just last year, the club used its platform to help raise over $1,000 for D.C. families in need! In the future, the club hopes to work in conjunction with the Black Student Union and the Caribbean Circle to establish a connection with the greater student body. To find out how you can help support the Black Athlete Coalition, you can follow them @aubacoalition on Instagram.

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