Why do we need to commit to anti-racism in sport? Research shows that participation in youth sport, particularly by racialized youth, contributes to the development of positive relationships with their peers, builds self-esteem, and confidence, a sense of belonging, as well as the physical health and social benefits of participating in team sport.

Recent national and international reports have exposed several incidents of racism in professional sport.

When players speak out against racism, they are often retaliated against and can be isolated and marginalized by other players and coaches and may not be assigned as much playing time after reporting racist behaviours in white-dominated sport. This, in turn, has significant and damaging effects on racialized players because they become less competitive for professional sport when their pitch- and ice-time are curtailed.

Anti-Racism Takes Action!

Commitment to anti-racism goes beyond the playing field. How can we collectively commit to anti-racism in our everyday lives?

Through this campaign, we want to help people identify their own racial biases, racist beliefs, and racist practices and actively become anti-racists in all aspects of their lives.

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In Canada, 94% of Kinesiology and Physical Education university faculties are white.

Douglas, D. D., & Halas, J. M. (2013). The wages of whiteness: confronting the nature of ivory tower racism and the implications for physical education. Sport, Education and Society, 18(4), 453–474. 

Aaron Brown, 2016 Olympic men’s 4×100 bronze medalist, had been told many times before that he “speaks well for a Black person” or that “all Black people steal except him”, these microaggressions add up and take a psychological toll.

Dichter, M. (2020, June 29). Canadian athletes detail experiences with racism in sports. CBC Canada. 
83% of the players in the NBA identified as part of a Racialized community however Racialized people make up only 30% of coaching positions, 10% in general coaching positions and only 10% in CEO/President positions.
The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport. (2020a). The 2020 racial and gender report card: National basketball association.
As of September 2020, only 5.7% of NHL players identified as Indigenous, Black, or part of a Racialized community.
Dichter, M. (2021, February 24). Akim Aliu: NHL not “fooling” anyone with “performative” efforts to fight racism Social Sharing. CBC Canada.
“The Hijab is not a preventive piece of cloth…that shouldn’t affect an athlete’s ability or right to partake in sport” -Shireen Ahmed, member of the Hijabi Ballers Advisory Board.
Kwong, E., & Fatima, S. (2019, May 13). Represented by Raptors: How one team connects the most diverse city in the world. The Star.