The power of sports, democracy and resilience
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There has been a long history of athletes using their power to create more inclusive, just and sustainable civic futures in our nation. Perhaps the most influential was Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player in Major League Baseball, who used his stature to advance civil rights throughout his career.
And now it’s not just players but leagues that continue the tradition. On Aug. 16, the NBA announced that it would not host games on Election Day to allow time for players, staff and fans to vote. This builds on a long history of athletes using their power to influence more inclusive, just and sustainable civic futures.
You talk about resilience. I think I’m resilient but I’m always exhausted and discouraged. There seems to be more and more to do and I’m already feeling empty. Do you have any suggestions?