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Friday, September 4, 2020

Diversity and Social Justice Changes by UofL and ACC -- FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Diversity and Social Justice Changes

Yesterday, both the ACC and UofL announced some changes to help with diversity and social justice.

The ACC added a few initiatives that all 15 schools will be required to follow.  They announced three new initiatives:
-Mandatory diversity and inclusion training for student-athletes, athletic department and conference staff
-Creation of ACC Unity Symbol as a visual representation of solidarity among the ACC's 15 institutions
-ACC Unity Statement to be read prior to every league contest

UofL added a few things of its own after meeting with student-athletes and staff.  The biggest change is the creation of a committee called S.O.A.R. (Strategically Organization Against Racism).

Several student-athletes have voiced their thoughts and opinions on current issues through their various platforms of social media.  The S.O.A.R. committee has been established to make sure all student-athletes and staff are treated fairly as well as promoting an inclusive culture.

Kristia Worthy, the Director of Talent Development, has been selected to be the head of the committee.  The other members are listed as follows:

Vince Tyra
Marvin Mitchell
Christine Herring
Josh Heird
Dr Thomas Strause
Dr Vanessa Shannon
Lauren Rust
Justin Ruffin
Alyssa Murphy
Chris May
Adrienne Johnson
Caroline Jeffers
Weston Ijames
Dr Matthew Frakes
Zach Farrel
Marc Ellis
Jimmy Dorneman

Soccer Update

Although schedules have not been released we did recently find out that women's and men's soccer will have an eight-game schedule.  Each team will have four home matches and four road mathches.

Most matches will be played on weekends, with teams allowed to play up to two matches per weekend.

Each host school will have the decision on allowing fans and how many can be in attendance.  With UofL set to have fans at football it would be no surprise for them to allow fans at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium.

We still do not have an update on media allowance.

Happy Friday and Go Cards!

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