More than a game: Volleyball works to make a difference through ‘equality’ patches

first_imgTCU players don different colored shirts centered around the word “equality.” (Photo courtesy of TCU Volleyball Twitter) Colin Post Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Twitter Twitter Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Facebook + posts First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Linkedin Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ ReddIt printTCU volleyball coach Jill Kramer sees volleyball as more than just hitting a ball back and forth over a net. Some people call for politics and sports to be separate, but the 11th-year head coach would care to disagree.“I do feel like, yes, my job as a coach is to make sure that we’re locked in for practice,” Kramer said. “But I don’t ever want to give them the idea that volleyball is more important than anything going on in the outside world.”Kramer added that she does not see fighting for racial justice in sports as “politics” but more as “people.”In just a few weeks, the Horned Frogs are scheduled to make their return to the court against the Baylor Bears, one of the nation’s top volleyball programs. While TCU will be seeking a win in their challenging season opener, they will also have a different, bigger topic on their minds: equality.Per a request made by Kramer and her team, the NCAA has agreed to allow the Horned Frogs to wear a patch reading “equality” on the sleeve of their jerseys. An NCAA rule announced in late July allows for athletes to wear a patch with a social justice message on their uniforms.TCU Volleyball is looking to emphasize the beauty in differences through “equality” practices. (Photo courtesy of TCU Volleyball Twitter)“I just think it’s important, because, yes, we are athletes; but at the same time, we can use our voices and our power and stuff like that to promote a change in this world and just support what we believe in,” middle blocker Katie Clark said.The TCU players voted as a team on “equality” being the cause they wanted to fight for this fall.To keep her athletes focused on “the bigger picture” until matches begin, Kramer also started what she called “equality practices.” In these Monday practices, players wear different colored shirts that read “equality” on the front. The back of each shirt displays a word or phrase for which each player specifically wants to fight.Clark wears a pink shirt to represent “love and respecting others.”“We just really thought it would be cool to all choose our own color and symbolize why or what we wanted to mean with that,” Clark said.At the end of each equality practice, a group of players called the “equality committee” spends time educating the team on social injustice in America. Some of the news is good, some of it’s bad, but it is all geared toward making the players and coaches more prepared to fight for change.Kramer pointed out that things like this are important for the future of her players as they move on from TCU and interact with people of all different races, especially with the absence of a professional volleyball league in the United States.“Most of these young women are coming here to get a degree and go out into the world and be a CEO. To be able to do that, they have to have cultural intelligence.”Head coach Jill KramerThe volleyball players have not been the only Horned Frogs to speak out on racial issues in recent months. In early August, TCU football player Kellton Hollins organized the painting of a mural with the words “End Racism” right outside of Amon G. Carter Stadium. The volleyball team was adamant about standing with Hollins, helping to paint the mural and fight for racial justice in America.“Kellton [Hollins] is very passionate about it [racial justice], and seeing him so passionate just makes me even more passionate about it,” Clark said. “I want to do everything I can for my fellow student-athletes.” We proudly stand with @KelltonHollins to effect positive change in our community.#StrongerTogether | #EndRacism pic.twitter.com/1cwXTBGrZs— TCU Volleyball (@TCUvolleyball) August 7, 2020In a year filled with trials and uncertainty, TCU volleyball is certainly not backing down from the challenge of making a difference. While there will always be people who call for players to “stick to the court,” Kramer and the team know the battle they are fighting goes well beyond a round, leather ball. “You say, ‘Come to the gym. Turn it all off. It all goes away,’” Kramer said. “Well, you know what? It doesn’t. It clearly does not go away. It clearly affects a lot of people’s lives.” World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. ReddIt Facebook Linkedin Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Previous articleSoccer season opener goes to 2OT, ends in a tie against BaylorNext articleA new reality for TCU’s campus Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive yearslast_img read more

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Shots fired at police in Derry

first_imgNews Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Google+ Police officers in the North have come under attack in Derry.Several shots were fired at officers as they attended the scene of a stolen car in the Glen Road area of the city last night.The PSNI says it was a clear attempt to kill a police officer and that it was very fortunate that no one was injured.Police are appealing for any witnesses to the attack to come forward.Local Councillor Mark H. Durkan attended the scene of the shooting, he says it is lucky no one was killed or seriously injured:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/durksjhoot1pm.mp3[/podcast] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Twitter Pinterest Google+center_img Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleMcBrearty asked to name councillors accused of boozing or withdraw commentNext articleDeputy Padraig MacLoughlainn claims a FG/FF coalition would better suit Ireland News Highland Facebook Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released WhatsApp PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Shots fired at police in Derry Facebook By News Highland – March 3, 2011 last_img read more

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Fears someone will be injured at busy Letterkenny junction

Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp There are fears that someone will be seriously injured if safety measures are not implemented at a busy Letterkenny junction.The top of Oliver Plunkett road is home to the County Library and many local businesses creating a substantial amount of footfall in the area.However, it’s been reported that when some motorists are about to turn left off the main street; they are immediately speeding up as they travel down the road.Local Cllr. Dessie Shiels says a number of options can be explored:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/dessitytrytreoliver.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Previous articleFodder crisis: Government didn’t listen to Donegal farmers, says TDNext articleHighland’s Farming News – Thursday 5th April News Highland Twitter Fears someone will be injured at busy Letterkenny junction WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – April 6, 2018 read more

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Services Set for Suffolk Cop Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police officer Patrick Curley died while off-duty in Commack on Friday.Services have been set for Suffolk County Police Officer Patrick Curley, who died in a crashwhile off-duty in Commack last week.Wake services will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home in Glen Cove.A funeral mass for Curley is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick Church in Glen Cove.The 40-year-old officer, a 17-year veteran of the force, died early Friday morning when the SUV he was driving was involved in a crash with a garbage truck on Jericho Turnpike.He is survived by his wife, Emily, and daughter, Sophia Jane.last_img read more

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Triple Talaq law to come under SC lens

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear pleas against the Triple Talaq Act and has issued a notice to the Centre regarding the same.A bench of justices N V Ramana and Ajay Rastogi issued notice to the Centre on a batch of petitions seeking to declare The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act 2019 as “unconstitutional” on grounds that it allegedly violates the provisions of the Constitution. “We will examine this,” the bench told senior advocate Salman Khurshid, who was appearing for one of the petitioners. Khurshid said there were many dimensions, including making the practice a punishable offense and jail term of up to three years, which need to be examined by the top court. He said the petitioners were concerned about making the practice of triple talaq among Muslims an offense as the Apex Court had already declared it to be null and void. “If there is no such thing as triple talaq then what are they making an offense,” he told the bench and referred to a five-judge Constitution bench verdict which had declared the practice of triple talaq among Muslims as null and void.last_img read more

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