The Athlete’s Quest for Social Justice: An examination of 2017 Goals and Impact

The Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, released a report on athlete activism in 2017 and recommendations for best practices moving forward.

2017 was a season of heightened awareness and actions as various NFL athletes used their platforms to raise awareness about social injustice. With the launch of the Players Coalition, the decision of several athletes to kneel during the national anthem to highlight racial injustice, and ongoing discussions between players and league owners aimed at building collective support for fighting inequality, these actions became the center point of a national debate.

The report aims to evaluate the impact of those actions while collating and analyzing a variety of efforts, some public – and some made outside the spotlight – seeking to bring about social change. The research is a survey of more than 1,100 examples of athlete activism in 2017.

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Read our previous report: From Protest to Progress: Athlete Activism in 2016