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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 

AUG. 13TH, 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 Jackie 2020 conference in Pasadena, currently scheduled for the coming winter
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PART 2: JACKIE 2020

WINTER 2020

This conference will consist of two moderated panels of 45 minutes each. The first will address ways that sports influence the broader society with respect to racial discrimination.  How can sports be a leading industry in the struggle for inclusion and equity?  Panelists will react to the conversations and assertions, followed by a brief question and answer period. The second session will be a panel discussion that includes a player or coach, a professional sports commissioner or owner, and a critic. They will address how sports at all levels can lead in the effort to include people of all races fairly and fully in sports at all levels.

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PART 3: Rose Table Dialogue on Race & Sports

SPRING 2021

Following the Jackie 2020 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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