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Charlotte 49ers athletics launch leadership initiative
Program focuses on diversity
Published Monday, October 5, 2020 11:26 am
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

Charlotte 49ers athletics has launched United in GOLD (Growing Our Leaders in Diversity).

The initiative is designed to help students, staff and coaches understand racial and social issues, and how to advocate for and create change.

“We are so inspired by our student-athletes, coaches and staff who have united to affect meaningful change in our department, on our campus and in our community,” 49ers Director of Athletics Mike Hill said in a statement. “I’m especially proud of the strength, grace and leadership shown by our student-athletes as we work with them to make a positive impact on society and cultivate personal growth in us all.”

The initiative consists of nine pillars:

1. Engage
2. Vote
3. Serve
4. Learn
5. Speak
6. Listen
7. Act
8. Share
9. Support

It will also include athletic town halls with local law enforcement, voter education and dialogues with members of the 49ers. The committee consists of student-athletes, coaches and administrators.

“We have amazing individuals within our Charlotte 49er family,” Executive Associate Athletic Director and United in GOLD co-chair Ragean Hill said. “The way our student-athletes, coaches and staff have opened up and have been vulnerable with conversations about race and what we can do together and individually to invoke change is truly heartfelt.”

Said women’s basketball student-athlete Dazia Lawrence: “United in GOLD allows me the opportunity to improve my leadership skills while being a part of change for my fellow brothers and sisters.”

Committee members:
Mike Hill - Athletic director
Ragean Hill - Co-chair/executive associate AD
Chris Everett - Co-chair/director of student-athlete development/life skills
Chris Fuller – Deputy AD for external affairs
Cara Consuegra - Women’s basketball coach
Will Healy - Head football coach
Karen Weatherington - Women’s volleyball coach
Ron Sanchez - Men’s basketball coach
Paul Arredondo - Men’s track and field/cross country athlete
Dazia Lawrence - Women’s basketball athlete
Nalani Lyde - Volleyball athlete
Solomon Rogers - Football athlete
Maya Singletary - Women’s track and field athlete
Ellinor Sudow - Women’s golfer/SAAC President
Jaxson Watermann - Men’s soccer athlete
Benjamin Woodruff - Men’s golf athlete
Dr. Taryn Brandt - Sports psychologist
Zack McKay - Assistant AD for Marketing
Krystion Obie Nelson - Faculty
Sam Perelman - Assistant to Executive Team
Tara Sanchez - Community Liaison
Telvin Stuart - Director of Creative


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