The Long Island Nets, in partnership with Section VIII in Nassau County and Section XI in Suffolk County, have created Team Up for Unity – a program with the mission to ensure racism does not have a place in sports on Long Island.
The program will implement initiatives regarding equality and anti-racism across high school sports, equipping administrators, superintendents, athletic directors, principles, coaches and student-athletes with information and resources on diversity and inclusion, including:
- Chalk talks with Long Island Nets players and staff on their experiences with racism and bias
- Quarterly panels hosted by Erase Racism for administration to learn how to handle racism in school and school sports
- Reporting updates at monthly Athletic Director meetings by the Sportsmanship Committee specific to social justice initiatives
- Peer-to-peer (student-to-student)-hosted conversations as a way for student athletes to share their views
- Conversations with local business leaders on how businesses are combatting social injustices and systemic racism/bias
- Surveys for student athletes to gain insight into racism and bias frequency and occurrences during Long Island High School Sports
- Poster and banners provided to schools with resources and organizations to call if they experience or witness racism or bias
Sports have historically been a platform for all people to come together to achieve a common goal and we believe sports can continue to play a tremendous role in furthering social justice.