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Letter to ACA's Competition Community

Thursday, June 4, 2020   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Rok Sribar
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Dear Athletes, Coaches, and Officials,


Like so many of you, my family and I are shocked by recent events. The images we have seen have horrified us and broken our hearts. We are ashamed of the injustices perpetrated in our country against people of color and dismayed by discrimination and harassment committed by some of the people who swore to protect us.


These strange times are flashing a spotlight on how unevenly opportunities are distributed across our society, and on the many issues of prejudice and racism. As an athletic community built on the bedrock values of openness, inclusion, and fair play, we must ensure that these events' forces propel us forward. Never backward.


Words are important; words matter. Our expressions of support and shared pain are not enough. While the challenges are enormous, that does not absolve us from taking whatever steps we can to work against systemic racism and structural inequalities. As athletes, coaches and officials, we can and must educate ourselves and others, and act through our community engagements, to stand up for the oppressed or marginalized and work to ensure that our entire society does better.





Rok Sribar, Ph.D.

ACA General Manager High-Performance Programs


Ilene Price says...
Posted Monday, June 15, 2020
Actions have much greater significance than words ever will. I agree, we need to educate ourselves, then use that education to move forward with real actions to make a difference. I hope that this is the first of many ACA messages to address this. I'm holding the ACA accountable to continue to work on this in their programming and partnerships. I probably won't remain a member if this is all that I hear from them about this. It would be great to see a list of actions that the ACA is going to take, then with updates as they take them. Seek out BIPOC partnerships, outreach to get more BIPOC instructors and teachers, hire a BIPOC to redo this outdated website, and have a lot more photo representation from different communities. Please show us what ACA will be doing! Thank you.

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