Before fall sports athletes reconvene on their respective campuses and officially begin training for their 2022 seasons, the Big Ten hosted a unique three-day event for dozens of conference athletes. , coaches, administrators, staff members and “other key stakeholders”. From Friday through Sunday, 100 Big Ten representatives will participate in Big Life Series: Selma to Montgomery, “an immersive and educational experience at a key center of the civil rights movement,” according to a press release.
Michigan State‘s contingent includes football coach Mel Tucker, director of diversity, equity and inclusion Dr. Ashley Baker, sprinter Brooke Bogan and football players Spencer Brown, Maliq Carr and Tre Mosley.
“We created the Big Life Series to help further prepare our student-athletes to make an impact in the world beyond their athletic careers,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said in a press release. “Our trip to Selma and Montgomery is the first in a series of trips that our student-athletes, administrators and members of the Big Ten Equality Coalition will undertake to inspire meaningful dialogue about racial, social, religious and cultural injustices in our nation. . Big Life Series: Selma to Montgomery will allow our Big Ten Conference family to use their voices to drive change in their respective communities.
The trip, which will include representatives from the ACC and Pac-12, begins Friday in Montgomery, Alabama, where attendees will hear from Sheyann Webb-Christburg, perpetrator and witness to the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” attack, and will watch an episode of the documentary series “Eyes on the Prize”.
Saturday’s agenda begins in Selma, Alabama at the First Baptist Church and includes a walk across the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge. Participants will then return to Montgomery to stop at monuments, museums, and other points of interest.
Saturday evening includes a keynote from EJI Legacy Museum founder and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson before attendees break into small groups to reflect on the experience.
“This is an incredible opportunity to provide our Spartan student-athletes with an in-person learning experience at one of the most iconic historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement,” Baker said in a press release. “I hope we can embrace the learning, reflect on the experience, and return to our campus inspired to continue pushing for change in our local community and beyond.”
The Big Ten will provide resources for attendees to share their experiences with others upon returning to their campuses, according to the press release.
“I’m so happy to have the opportunity to go to Selma,” Bogan said in a press release. “I believe seeing things like the Edmund Pettus Bridge is really going to bring to light a new perspective for me. It’s one thing to learn about the events and another to really be in the environment where said events took place. actually produced. I am thrilled with the knowledge and understanding that I will gain from this trip.
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