The second annual Lancer Run4Anti-Racism was held last weekend, but organizers want the campus community to know it’s not too late to join.
Members of the varsity women’s basketball team hosted the event in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to take a stand against systemic racism.
“Our Lancer family welcomes many athletes that self-identify as a visible minority, and we want to continue to increase their representation, well-being, and success while offering a safe and welcoming environment,” says head coach Chantal Vallée.
She notes that more than half the sport’s coaches in Canadian universities are men, and fewer than one in six self-identify as members of a visible minority.
“Part of the money we raise will be used to create an internship position with the University of Windsor women’s basketball team for a female who self-identifies as a visible minority looking to pursue a career in coaching.”
Another portion will support the Sandwich Teen Action Group, a community-based non-profit that works provides programming for marginalized youth. Lancer grad Miah-Marie Langlois, a four-time national champion with the squad and a former Olympian, benefited from the centre’s mentoring.
Limited numbers of a T-shirt specially designed by members of the Lancer team stating what “We Stand For” are available for purchase for $20 in support of the cause. Find details on the event website.