OU football: 'Sooners For Humanity' initiative announced
NORMAN — Before Saturday’s season opener against Missouri State, the OU athletics department announced the “Sooners For Humanity” initiative designed to raise awareness on social justice issues.
“We want to be part of the solution,” Sooners athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a release. “Toward that end, we have worked collectively to develop a plan for ongoing awareness and education.”
The program’s purpose “is to provide a framework to address issues that negate and suppress the human experience.”
The initiative’s programs include professional networking, educational and mandatory training programs, voter registration and election-day activities and other efforts to promote equality.
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Sooners athletes designed optional uniform patches and t-shirts emblazoned with “Sooners For Humanity” and “Black Lives Matter.” Those efforts mirror measures from the Big 12 and NCAA, which both allow athletes the ability to display social justice messages on their uniforms. The Big 12 Conference provided videos and public address messages to its members. Big 12 teams are also wearing a helmet sticker with a message.
A video featuring OU athletes was played on the video board before Saturday’s game. As the video was playing, Sooners players stood arms locked across the sideline.