Is this the beginning of another widespread social media campaign by collegiate athletes? Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has posted a new message — this time, using the hashtags #Change and #OurVoiceMatters — along with two graphics labeled as a “statement from CFB players.” The message notes that while action will be “flexible” due to the variety of involved campuses and communities, the overarching goal is the same for everyone: change.
The following five points are listed as the “actionable steps to create real change” requested by the players:
- All players register to vote; no athletic obligations on Nov. 3 to ensure student athletes have the ability to vote.
- Discussions with university presidents and administrators about racial injustice and how to create initiatives to “further empower our communities.”
- Community outreach initiatives via clothing, food, school supply and book drives; amplify current local organizations that are benefitting communities.
- Normalize having routine conversations between college football teams and respective police departments, local governance and community leaders to “build trust and empathy.”
- Raise awareness on game days via statements on shirts, helmets and jerseys; play tribute videos to recognize victims of racial injustice and share our own stories.
Here’s a look at the specifics, provided by Lawrence’s tweet from Sunday evening:
Roughly a month ago, Trevor Lawrence also helped jumpstart the #WeWantToPlay movement as reports began surfacing the fall football season may be canceled across all Power 5 schools, particularly in the Big Ten conference. At that time, ESPN reported college football’s biggest stars joined together in a 45-minute Zoom call spearheaded by Lawrence to create a “call to action by making a handful of specific requests.”
That original message spread like wildfire across the college football world, particularly on Twitter, including messages by several current Wildcats.
— Josh Ali (@_JoshAli6) August 10, 2020
Now, it seems as though we’re beginning to see those requests.