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RACE & SPORTS

Three-Part Series

Overview

Sports have the opportunity to lead by example. Players are heroes whose opinions are seen and valued by their fans, especially young ones. League policies matter to the society at large as they are highly visible, involve large populations and have important symbolism. Fan behavior can also have impact on the larger populace.

For these reasons, it is important for the Rose Bowl Institute to address how sports can lead the body politic in issues of racial equity, and also how sports institutions can improve in areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.

One of the iconic symbols of leading by example was Jackie Robinson – a former Pasadena resident, a Rose Bowl Stadium record holder, an icon in the game of baseball and in life. A statue of Jackie Robinson greets visitors at the front of America’s Stadium in Pasadena as a symbol of inclusion, courage, integrity and fair play.

PART 1: RACE and SPORTS DIALOGUE 

August 13, 2020 @7PM PST

This one-hour moderated discussion addressed  (1) the impact of sports on society with respect to attitudes towards race and racism, and (2) how sports can improve with respect to inclusion and equity for people of color in sports.

This dialogue informed the agenda for the Race and Sports Part 2: Past, Present and Future discussion.

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Race and SPORTS:Past, Present and Future
December 17, 2020 @ 1PM PST

The Rose Bowl Institute will address issues of race and sports in a one-hour moderated discussion streamed on December 17, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET on Facebook and Youtube. The panel discussion will be moderated by ESPN Sports Broadcaster Jessica Mendoza engaging four panelists:

Manager of the LA Dodgers, Dave Roberts,
NFL Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson,
· LA Galaxy phenomenon Julian Araujo, and
Founder and President of Angel City women’s soccer club Julie Uhrman.

The one-hour panel discussion will address ways that sports influence broader society regarding racial discrimination past, present and future. How can sports be a leader in the struggle for inclusion and equity? Panelists will address difficulties players of all races and ethnicity have undergone when playing at the high school, collegiate and professional levels. What are the barriers to players of color at these levels and how are they best addressed? Why is equity and equality still an issue? How should teams and leagues extend their diversity of management and ownership?

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PART 3: Rose Table Dialogue on Race & Sports

SPRING 2021

Following the Race and Sports: Past, Present and Future event, the organizers will refine the issues regarding how sports can lead in the values of inclusion and fairness for people of color. Twenty to twenty-four leaders and experts will gather around the Rose Table at America’s Stadium to arrive at solutions applicable to professional, college and amateur sports. Participants will include owners, coaches, players, critics, media, and other representative stakeholders in sports, all people who can bring about change in their fields
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