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.
The Long Island Nets received the NBA G League Social Responsibility Award for the Team Up for Unity community program that aims to combat racism in high school sports on Long Island. The award recognizes excellence for team business and social responsibility, and the winner is chosen by a committee of league and team executives. Read the full Press Release here.