Thursday, February 2, 2023

Coach vs. Racism aims to do more than basketball

WASHINGTON (NWN) — The executive director of the Coach vs. Racism campaign, which brought men’s college basketball teams from Michigan and Prairie View A&M to the nation’s capital, says he got his inspiration for his new project from Coach vs. Cancer.

“We wanted to make this a complete experience, rather than just a basketball game between HBCU school and Power 5 school. Our approach is to kind of model it after Coach vs. Cancer – (Dick Vitale) and ESPN’s fight against cancer. It did a really good job of keeping the story alive. And what I wanted to do was something like that,” Daryl Woods said in a telephone interview. “Cancer is a terrible disease, and we view racism as a disease. No one is born with it, but it can be brought on you in different ways.”

Coach Juwan Howard and his No. 6-ranked Wolverines (1-0) face off at Prairie View A&M (0- 0) in a Big Ten vs. Southwestern Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday night at the ground used by the NBA Wizards for practice. 2) will happen. For games by the mystics of the WNBA.

The inaugural coach versus racist competition is much more than a game. Among other affiliated events, Michigan was scheduled to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Friday.

“Part of our mission is to educate, especially with this current generation. … We really feel that this generation may be the one to break into some aspects of social injustice,” Woods said. “Our message is to bridge the racial divide through sport. That’s what we really want to do. It’s not a black thing. It’s not a white thing. It’s not about gender.”

He said that his hope is to eventually schedule “many games in multiple cities” under the Coach versus Racist banner, and that it might include women’s basketball as well as other sports.

“Our group decided to possibly put a sport together and create a platform that would allow voice and stage for coaches, student-athletes, and the playground in general,” Woods said. “Part of our job is not to let the narrative die, whether it is fighting systemic racism or supporting social justice. We want to provide a platform.”


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