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Oregon State basketball cancels workout to advocate for social justice

Oregon State

While professional teams around the country are electing to sit out of games in protest of the racial injustice and systemic racism against the Black community, Oregon State men’s basketball is making a statement of its own. 

In a series of Twitter posts on Thursday, Oregon State players stood next to one another and locked arms. According to the powerful post, the Beavers canceled Thursday’s practice and instead came together to stand against social injustice. 

A subsequent post from the Beavers shows Oregon State guard Gianni Hunt delivering this poignant message.

“The Beavers we came together today instead of our workouts because of the social justice that’s going on,” he said. “The Beavers are standing together for social justice.” 

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In wake of the protests following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, dozens of athletes from several Oregon State sports teams helped form the Dam Change initiative to educate, empower and enhance the experiences of Oregon State Black student-athletes and staff. 

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With Pac-12 basketball and all sport competitions currently postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s positive to see Oregon State players coming together to use their platform to support change. 

 

The Beavers aren’t expected to return to the court in an official capacity until January 1, 2021, the earliest the Pac-12 CEO group said games could possibly resume for the conference. 

However, a recent report from Jon Wilner of The Mercury News, suggests the Pac-12 may consider moving up the start date for the basketball season if favorable circumstances permit student-athletes can safely return to the court. 

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