The death of George Floyd in Minnesota and the Black Lives Matter protests that have taken place all over the U.S., and even around the world have brought the issue of racial discrimination against African Americans in the U.S. to the forefront.
While for the most part overt racism has been practically nonexistent in USA Team Handball circles underneath the surface there have been issues at play that have likely kept African American participation numbers down.
Joining me to discuss this issue and more are 1996 Olympian, Derek Brown, former North Carolina coach and U.S. Jr National Team Asst Coach, Myles Bacon and NYAC/National Team player and USA Team Handball New York City Ambassador, Divine Jackson.
Here is some background information for some of the items that are discussed in the podcast:
Source for Diversity & Inclusion Data: Link
Link to the recent USA Team Handball Newsletter: Link
USA Team Handball’s Current Diversity & Inclusion Plan: Link (Note this plan was actually approved in 2017 and called for the formation of a Diversity & Inclusion Committee back then. It would seem that recent events have provided an impetus for getting this work started.)
And, be sure to check out the podcast archive with interviews and great handball discussion going all the way back to 2006: Link