GREENSBORO, NC (theACC.com) – As part of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s continued commitment to inclusion, social justice and racial equity, the league announced plans for the second annual Unity Week of fall of the conference, to be held October 23-30.
The theme for the 2021-2022 academic year is ‘From Awareness to Action’, which aims to challenge each individual to become involved in activities that foster unity and connect with people and organizations. that affect positive change in our communities.
CCA athletic departments are encouraged to actively engage in activities with their campus and local communities that promote unity. Some examples include community service projects, Unity walks, town halls, partnerships with local social justice organizations and / or civic groups, civic engagement education, and celebration of institutional UNITE award recipients. .
“The ongoing commitment and work of CORE and our member institutions in the area of racial and social justice is important,” said CCA Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. “Earlier this year, we have recognized the amazing pioneers of this league with the UNITE top prize and I look forward to another amazing Unity week. Our commitment to racial and social justice remains constant and will never falter. “
The CCA Unity Weeks are an initiative of the CCA Racial and Social Justice Committee (CORE – Champions of Racial Equity) and have been developed in collaboration with its 15 member institutions. The league celebrated three weeks of unity last year (fall, winter, spring) and will do the same in the 2021-2022 school year.
Every one of the CCA’s fall sports is in action this week, including the CCA Cross Country Championships on October 29, which will be the first conference championship of the 2021-22 school year. . Eleven CCA football teams have home games over one of the two weekends that ends the CCA Unity Week.
Earlier this fall, the ACC announced the recipients of the first ACC UNITE award, which was created to honor those league affiliates who have made an impact in the fields of racial and social justice. In the award’s first year, the league celebrates those individuals who, according to available information, were the first male and female athletes of color to join the sports teams of each current CCA institution.
Among the ACC initiatives during Unity Weeks:
• Social media, all league social handle profile photos will feature the ACC UNITE logo
• Incorporation of the UNITE logo intermittently on ACC network television broadcasts
• Conference organized by the ACC Meeting (student-athlete affinity groups)
• Provide promotional items on the UNITE theme to give to student-athletes and coaches
• The Conference office will focus social media coverage on one institution per weekday during the Unit’s three weeks throughout the year.
• Produce video content / program for each week of the Unit (ie, UNITE Award Winners Roundtable, Student-Athlete Leaders Roundtable, etc.)