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USL, players association address social justic issues with initiative
League, partners work on training and education
 
Published Monday, October 5, 2020 12:00 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

PHOTO | ASHLEY MAHONEY
The USL, its players and partners are collaborating on social justice initiatives that include training and education for players and staff as well as tougher sanctions for league personnel who exhibit abusive behavior.

The United Soccer League is creating a mandatory space to address social justice in sports.


USL is partnering with The Institute for Sport and Social Justice to kick off the initiative, with the institute responsible for league-wide training and education for players and staff. The league will also collaborate with the USL Players Association and the Championship and League One Board of Governors to implement tougher sanctions for players and coaches who use abusive language.


Training will include interactive lectures, both in-person and virtually. Topics include unconscious bias in the workplace, the importance of language and symbolism and how to be an ally to those impacted by social injustice. The Institute has been around for over 30 years, currently working with leagues such as the NFL, MLB, NBA, MLS and NASCAR. They work with college programs, as well as professional franchises, primarily addressing diversity and inclusion in sport.


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