The virtual program will feature key officials and players from, LA Dodgers, LaChica Sports, Penn State University and the National Pro Fastpitch, formerly the Women’s Pro Softball League.

PASADENA, Calif. (April 5, 2021) – The Rose Bowl Institute announced today that it will air its next Race and Sports program titled Collective Athlete Activism on Jackie Robinson Day, Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 1:00 PM PST/ 4:00 PM EST. Collective Athlete Activism is the third in the series of Dialogues on Race and Sports, begun in 2020, dedicated to former Pasadena resident and civil rights pioneer Jackie Robinson. The program will be available for free viewing due to the generous contributions of private donors.

The dialogue will explore the topic of collective athlete activism as it relates to race and sports in
contemporary society in a one-hour moderated discussion. The panel will consist of LA Dodgers
President Stan Kasten, CEO and President of LaChica Sports and co-manager of the Players Coalition Angela LaChica, Penn State Educator specializing in 20th Century American History, Amira Davis, and Assistant Coach and Former Professional Softball Player Kiki Stokes, moderated by Fox News Journalist and Political Analyst Juan Williams. Panelists will discuss the impetus for their activism, the pros and cons of collective activism on teams and leagues, and their impact on the broader society.

Sports have a history of athlete activism, an athlete’s protest for civil or political change. In the modern era, individual athletes have made activism statements, for example, in the context of an award ceremony in the 1968 Olympics, or kneeling for the national anthem before professional football games. More recently, teams and even leagues have come together to give collective expression to their civil sentiments. For example, in 2016, the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx wore custom shirts that read “Change Starts with Us: Justice & Accountability,” and in August 2020, the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted a scheduled NBA game, leading to a larger protest joined by other teams advocating for social justice. Whether it is athletes wearing Black Lives Matter shirts or other social justice expressions, social causes are finding voice and airing among teams and leagues all over the world. The dialogue will address specific questions and issues such as:

● Are these new realities appropriate expressions of solidarity for an athletic team or league?
● What impact can be expected?
● Are there undue pressures on athletes to conform to the new activism?
● How should league and team management participate or react?

“Athletes today do not separate themselves from issues in the broader society, and racial justice is one area where they have been very outspoken, both individually and collectively,” said Rose Bowl Institute president Charlie Firestone. “This session will explore that dynamic.”

The dialogue will be streamed on the Rose Bowl Institute’s YouTube channel and the Rose Bowl
Institute website at Viewers can register for free here

The Rose Bowl Institute, an arm of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, champions sportsmanship,
leadership, and citizenship and aims to “leverage the power of sports to unite people everywhere.”

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About the Rose Bowl Institute

Launched in August 2020, the Rose Bowl Institute is an arm of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation. Its mission is to champion sportsmanship and leverage the power of sports to unite people everywhere.  Through educational programs and dialogues, the Institute encourages, empowers, and inspires positive acts of sportsmanship, leadership, and citizenship.

About the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation

Formed in 2010, the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization whose primary goal is to financially ensure the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the future of the Stadium as a National Historic Landmark. The Foundation has established funding for key capital improvement initiatives, educational programming, and heritage protection due to the generosity of supporters from around the world who are invested in its premier future.

About the Rose Bowl Stadium

The Rose Bowl Stadium is the proud home of the Tournament of Roses’ Rose Bowl Game, UCLA Bruins football, AmericaFest Fourth of July Celebration, concerts including Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Taylor Swift, and U2, international and Premier League soccer matches, and the World’s Largest Flea Market.

A National Historic Landmark built in 1922 and known around the world, the Rose Bowl Stadium has earned its world-class reputation by hosting five NFL Super Bowl games, the 1984 Olympic Soccer matches, the 1994 Men’s World Cup, the 1999 Women’s World Cup, four BCS National College Football Championship Games and the College Football Playoff Semi-Final game.

Rose Bowl Institute Advisory Board

  • Maurice Ashley – International Grandmaster; inductee of US Chess Hall of Fame; founder of Harlem Chess Center; author and commentator. (New York, NY)
  • Tim Brant – 30-year broadcast veteran; 2013 Broadcaster of the Year; former broadcast partner of Keith Jackson. (Chevy Chase, MD)
  • John Canning, Jr. – founder and chairman, Madison Dearborn Partners; board member and part-owner, Milwaukee Brewers; Life Trustee, Northwestern University; former Chairman, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. (Chicago, IL)
  • Brandi Chastain – 2x FIFA Women’s World Cup champion; 2x Olympic gold-medalist; coach, and sports broadcaster. (San Jose, CA)
  • Kevin Clifford – retired Chairman and CEO of American Funds Group; Board Member of College Football Hall of Fame and United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation. (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Baron Davis – 2x NBA All-Star, 2x NBA steals leader; UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame and All- American; Gatorade Player of the Year, 1997; founder and president, Baron Davis Enterprises, Black Santa Company, 5 Balloons Interactive; TNT commentator; actor; producer. (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Eric Dickerson – Pro Football Hall of Famer; NFL Outstanding Player, 1986; NFL Rushing Yards record-holder; 6x Pro Bowl Selection; L.A. Rams Retired Number 29; NFL All 100 Year Anniversary Team and NFL 1980’s All-Decade Team; Consensus All American at SMU; 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee (Los Angeles, CA)Ann Meyers Drysdale – UCLA basketball star, first female sports scholarship recipient at UCLA, Basketball Hall of Famer, broadcaster, and sports executive; considered one of the top five female athletes of all time (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • Tom Farrey – Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Sports and Society Program; author of Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of our Children; former writer for ESPN (San Clemente, CA)
  • Julie Foudy– former captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team with a 17-year career from 1987-2004; won two FIFA Women’s World Cup titles and three Olympic medals; member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame; four-time All-American at Stanford; commentator for ESPN Soccer and ESPNw. (Orange County, CA)
  • Dan Fouts – 15-years as quarterback for the San Diego Chargers, Pro Football Hall of Fame; 1979 AFL Most Valuable Player (AP); broadcast analyst. (Sisters, Oregon)
  • Lauren Gibbs–2xOlympic Medalist (bobsled); public speaker; team captain and All-Ivy volleyball player at Brown University. (Denver, CO)
  • Robin Harris–Executive Director of the Ivy League Council of Presidents. (Princeton, NJ)
  • Henry Hernandez – President, Inter-Con Security Systems; Board Member, Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation; college athlete. (Pasadena, CA)
  • Martin Jarmond – Athletic Director, UCLA; former assistant and deputy AD at Ohio State and assistant AD at Michigan State; captain of UNC Wilmington basketball team.
  • Cobi Jones – 3x World Cup participant; Olympian; National Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee; the first jersey retired in MLS history; all-time leader for Team USA in caps; analyst for Fox Sports and the LA Galaxy’s analyst for Spectrum Sportsnet. (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Stan Kasten–President of the Los Angeles Dodgers; former president of the Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Thrashers, and Atlanta Hawks. Los Angeles Sports Council Executive of the Year, 2013. (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Billie Jean King–Sports Icon And Equality Champion. (New York, NY)
  • Valorie Kondos Field – coach of UCLA gymnastics team from 1991-2019, 7x National Champions; 15x Pac-12 Champions; Pac-12 Coach of the Century; 4x NACGC/W Coach of the Year; 4x Pac-12 Coach of the Year; third-most winning NCAA gymnastics coach. Author, Life is Short, Don’t Wait to Dance (2018) (Fayetteville, AK)
  • Angela LaChica – President and CEO, LaChica Sports. (San Diego, CA)
  • Ronnie Lott – Pro Football and College Football Hall of Famer; 4x Super Bowl Champion; 10x NFL Pro-Bowl; NFL 75th & 100th Anniversary Teams; 2x Rose Bowl Game Champion; consensus All American. (Bay Area, CA)
  • Kevin Martinez – ESPN Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, overseeing ESPN’s sponsorship of the Special Olympics and collaboration with the V Foundation. Formerly, VP, corporate social responsibility with KPMG, and president of the Home Depot Foundation.
  • Misty May-Treanor – 3x Olympic Gold Medalist in Beach Volleyball; Volleyball Hall of Famer; NCAA National Champion and Outstanding Player; Outstanding Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year, 1998-99; AVP MVP; co-chair, President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition (Orange County, CA)
  • Patrick McCaskey – Vice President, Board Member, and part-owner, Chicago Bears. Chairman of Sports Faith International; author. (Lake Forest, IL)
  • Jessica Mendoza – ESPN analyst; first woman to serve as a baseball analyst for nationally- televised MLB games; Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist; USA Softball Athlete of the Year, 2006; member of the National Softball Hall of Fame; 4x All-American at Stanford (Bend, OR)
  • Katelyn Ohashi – former UCLA gymnast, winner of the ESPYs for “best viral sports moment” and “best play” of 2019 for her perfect 10 performance; 6x All-American; 2011 junior national champion and the winner of the 2013 American Cup. (Seattle, WA)
  • Luis Patino – President, General Manager, Univision Los Angeles Local Media; Sr. Vice President, Univision Television Group (Pasadena, CA)
  • Larry Paul – Managing Principal of Laurel Crown Partners; minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers; member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Advisory Board (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Martha Saucedo – Chief External Affairs Officer, AEG; board member, Central City Association of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • John Sciarra–1976 Rose Bowl Game MVP for UCLA; played for Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL and the Canadian Football League; business entrepreneur (Newport Beach, CA)
  • Mark Shuster– President and CEO, Shuster Financial Group; founding donor, Rose Bowl Institute (Pasadena, CA)
  • Janet Marie Smith – Senior Vice President, Planning and Development, Los Angeles Dodgers; architect and urban planner responsible for planning and oversight of Rose Bowl, Dodger Stadium, and Fenway Park renovations, and creating Oriole Park at Camden Yards; 2017, Prof. of Architecture at Yale. (Baltimore, MD)
  • Bob Sutcliffe — venture lawyer, business advisor, and Managing Director of Craftsman Capital Advisors LLC. Authored the original concept and vision memo for the creation of the Rose Bowl Institute. (Pasadena, CA)
  • Matthew Sign–Chief Operating Officer, National Football Foundation. (FortWorth, TX)
  • Maria Taylor – ESPN host and reporter; host, NBA Countdown; former college athlete. (Atlanta, GA)
  • Julie Uhrman–Founder and President, Angel City Football Club of the National Women’s Soccer League; founder and CEO of OUYA, an Android-based game console company; named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company and one of the Creative 50 by Ad Age. (Santa Monica, CA)
  • Dick Vermeil–SuperBowlwinningcoach;formerNFLcoachoftheEagles, Rams and Chiefs; coached UCLA to the 1976 Rose Bowl Game victory in an upset of Ohio State. (Doylestown, PA)
  • Daniel Villanueva, Jr. – founding president of the Los Angeles Galaxy; founding partner of RC/Fortis; co-founder of Moya, Villanueva & Associates, and principal in other businesses. (Castle Rock, CO)
  • J.C. Watts – President of Black News Channel, former U.S. Congressman (R-OK) (1995- 2003); gridiron star as a quarterback at the University of Oklahoma; first African American elected to statewide office in Oklahoma. (Eufaula, OK)
  • Dr. Jen Welter –1st female coach in the NFL; 1st female running back in men’s pro football; 14-year women’s football veteran; 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, 4x World Champion, IFAF Women’s Football; head coach of 2017 Team Australia, IFAF; founder of Gridiron Girls and co-founder of Critter Fitter. (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Jason Whitlock – Sports journalist and media personality with Outkick the Coverage; sportswriter for the Kansas City Star from 1994-2010 before stops at ESPN and Fox Sports. (Los Angeles, CA and Nashville, TN)
  • Marcellus Wiley– Host of ‘Speak for Yourself’, retired NFL All-Pro, Ivy League Hall of Fame (Columbia University), Author of the book, Never Shut Up. (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Vince Young – 2x Rose Bowl Game MVP, Heisman Trophy Runner-Up, National Champion, University of Texas; former NFL All-Pro Player and College Football Hall of Famer. (Austin, TX)