LUG x Black History Month
This Black History Month, we are recognizing the athletes who made a positive difference in sport.
We want to pay tribute to the brave individuals who have advanced the conversation regarding inclusivity and equality in sports for black athletes and fellow minorities. Athletes like the ones we are highlighting this month have fought to create positive social change against racism and racial prejudice in sports through their heroic example both in and out of the athletic arena.
It is important for all of us to acknowledge the mission to combat racism. Sports are for everyone. Period.
|Professional Hockey Player|
Chair for the Hockey Diversity Alliance
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NHL Player on the Minnesota Wild
Member of the Hockey Diversity Alliance executive committee
|Canadian Hockey Gold Medalist|
Board member for the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) with intentions to take action in the community concerning Black Lives Matter
|Former NHL Player for the Boston Bruins|
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2018 as part of the "Builder" category
Known for showing courage when he broke the league's colour barrier 60 years ago
|Former NHL Goaltender for the Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres|
First black NHL All-Star Game MVP and inductee to the Hockey Hall of Fame
|NHL Player for the New Jersey Devils|
Currently executive producer for the new docuseries, "Black Life: A Canadian History"
Aims to educate audiences and spark conversation of racism in sport
|Coach for The Toronto Six|
Named "the first superstar of modern women's hockey" and hailed as a pioneer who brought the women's game into the mainstream
|Winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles in women's tennis - most successful female tennis player of the Open Era|
Advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement
|Former professional baseball player|
Became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball
Broke the colour barrier in the MLB
|The GOAT of golf and one of the most dominant athletes of his time|
Single-handedly changed the public's perception of golf
An idol for kids everywhere, and more significantly, a golf idol to many for the first time in their lives.
Major supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement
|American track and field athlete|
Won 4 Gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games
Battled poverty and racial bigotry with sporting success
|Former NBA Player - some would say the GOAT|
Won 6 championships with the Chicago Bulls
Amongst other activities, he has pledged $50 million to racial and social-justice groups
|Former NFL quarterback and coach|
Became the first African American quarterback taken in the first round of an NFL draft, and the only starting African American quarterback in the NFL at the time