In a time of great diversity, inclusion has never been stronger. Nike is one of the largest and most recognizable brands in the world, and has been on a big push for equality “Inspiration and Innovation for Every Athlete of the World”. Most recently Nike unveiled their equality campaign that features some of the biggest athlete of our time and supports all athletes no matter where they come from.
An estimated 2,000 high schools in the United States have Native American mascots. With the White House Tribal Nations Conference currently taking place, Adidas has sent executives to join leaders from the 567 recognized Native American tribes at the conference in D.C. with President Obama.
An event such as the World Cup Final will get the attention of many even if you’re not a soccer fan. It was reported that more Americans watched the women’s championship match last Sunday between USA and Japan than the NBA Finals or The Stanley Cup. Those who tuned in witnessed the USA team dominate Japan’s team who they lost to in the previous WWC. As the game progressed in favor of the US team, some people took to social media and shot off what can be perceived as racist and offensive tweets. Before long, “Pearl Harbor” was trending, alluding to the two countries’ opposition during World War II, when Japan attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, near Honolulu, and the U.S. later dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. Just another sign that we have still have a long way to go. Click here to read some of these tweets.
Shout out to the NBA for scoring the highest in diversity among major professional sports leagues for the second year in a row. Not to rest on their laurels, the NBA is ramping up its diversity initiatives, hiring Oris Stuart as its chief diversity and inclusion officer last month. And no, we haven’t forgotten about Donald Sterling. Click here to read more.
Ever heard of the saying, “as American as baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet?” Well MLB Hall of Famer Dave Winfield is concerned about the keeping one of America’s pastime accessible to everyone. “It really comes down to your bottom line. And once they understand that you have to have diversity and inclusion across all platforms, it’s just going to be better for your business, it’s just going to be stronger if you include everybody. You can overlook it, but at your own peril,” says Winfield. Click here to read more.
Andrew McCutchen is a MVP, multiple time All-Star, Gold Glove Winner, and maybe most important of all – ambassador. You see, the man who has earned the nickname “Clutch” over the years and cemented himself as one of the brightest stars in baseball isn’t just recognizable for his dreadlocks or big smile, he is also one of the few black players in the major leagues. Last year in the MLB, black players only represented 8.3% of players on opening day rosters according to this New York Times article.
Robbie Rogers is the first, and only openly gay athlete in Major League Soccer. After coming out as gay in an open letter in February 2013, he immediately retired fearing that it would be too difficult to be in a locker room everyday and that he needed time to work on himself after living a lie for so many years. Well just four months later he was back playing in Los Angeles for the league’s best team. He recently wrote a piece in the USA Today about how soccer’s international governing body, FIFA, doesn’t support gays.
RVCA is one of the leading lifestyle clothing brands out in the market today. They specialize in board-sports with the beach, surfing, and skateboarding being a huge part of their identity. In attempt to expand their niche and brand, they teamed up with Compton native, YG.
In recent weeks we have written about the recent developments across the country concerning gun violence. Last week we wrote about NBA players showing support for the victims of gun violence as they wore their ‘I Can’t Breathe’ for pregame warmups. This past weekend, Andrew Hawkins wore a shirt in support of Tamir Rice and John Crawford to which the Cleveland Police Department took offense, calling the shirt “pathetic.”
The NFL has been under the microscope over a number of incidents involving players’ conduct within the past several weeks and now the league is under scrutiny for their hiring practices. The NFL received an A for racial hiring but got a C- for gender hiring in the latest Racial and Gender Report Card released Wednesday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES). Click here to read more.