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Athletics BLM Statement

This message was posted on social media on June 3, 2020 and was written by Athletics Director Kirby Garry.

In reflection on the horrific murder of George Floyd and the events ignited each day since - we fully embrace our role standing in support of our Black student-athletes, coaches and staff. We remain deeply committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion across all aspects of our department and campus community.

We stand against systemic racism and social injustice with a strong belief that together we need to learn more and use the urgency of the moment to develop our ability to understand, advocate, take action and be a part of real change.

We are proud of all our student-athletes, alumni, and coaches for using their voice to speak up, participate in open dialogue and influence change during these challenging times.

We are committed to bringing our Otter Athletics community together to have the hard conversations, to listen, engage and build trust through respect and empathy.

Black Lives Matter.


The following messages were posted on social media on June 17, 2020 and were written by Athletics Director Kirby Garry, women's basketball player Camille Parker, and track and field athlete Nia Howard. These discussions have led to the creation of the MB United Committee, which was formed to address matters of racism, prejudice, diversity and inclusion.

Athletics Director Kirby Garry

Camille Parker, women's basketball

Nia Howard, track and field