We are writing with heavy hearts as we witness the senseless acts of violence perpetrated against Black communities. The tragic loss of lives – those of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and before that, the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and Sean Reed – due to racial violence is deeply saddening and a stain against the values that we hold as a Unified Track Club.
At this important moment in our country, we reassure our mission that we are committed to teaching young athletes the values and skills that will enable them to positively contribute to the community. We firmly recognize our value that it is our responsibility to instill the value of mutual trust in all athletes and members. We unite and stand in solidarity with all people who are affected by Injustice in our country. We unite and stand against all forms of racism, bigotry, and violence.
Benjamin Franklin said, “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” It is our responsibility as Americans and people to help those who are oppressed and to make sure that we can all feel safe in our communities. None of us can feel safe until all of us feel safe. We urge you to take positive steps in your communities and this country.
Coach B’s message to our athletes: There is one habit that I would like every person to work on, and that is to be a good person. One more good person in the world is one good step into the right direction.
Umoja Track Club