Tonight, KCCI is hosting a virtual forum with Black collegiate athletes in Iowa to share insights about the stereotypes and micro aggressions they face.
KCCI, Hearst’s CBS affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa (DMA 68), is hosting a virtual forum with Black collegiate athletes in Iowa to share insights from members of the Black community about the stereotypes and micro aggressions they face.
KCCI Project CommUNITY: Racism in Sports, airs tonight at 6:30 CT. The hour-long forum will be led by KCCI Sports Anchor Elgin Rucker.
He will be joined by Kierra Collier of Drake University Women’s Basketball, David Carr with Iowa State University Wrestling, Alfonzo Lambert with University of Northern Iowa Football, Natalie Nelson with University of Northern Iowa Swimming & Diving, Gabrielle (Brie) Orr with University of Iowa Volleyball, and Cross Robison with Drake University Football.
These athletes share their own experiences with teammates and fans, and what it will take to shift the racism in sports culture.
“Sports can bring people together,” said Allison Smith, KCCI’s news director. “But it’s important for us to also pay attention to the discrimination faced by Black athletes.”
“KCCI Project CommUNITY exists to bring new voices into the conversation about the challenges that we face together,” said Brian Sather, KCCI’s general manager.
“This latest chapter is another step towards understanding the personal impacts of discrimination.”
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