Boston Sports Teams Announce Anti-Racism Initiative

The five major sports teams from the Boston area – NEC members, the Red Sox and Celtics, along with the Patriots, Bruins, and Revolution – have teamed up to spearhead a campaign to combat racism.

The “Take the Lead” initiative was launched with the support of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh at Fenway Park. In a PSA broadcasted in Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium and TD Garden, players urge fans to have open conversations about race and speak up when they hear offensive statements. Team executives spoke about their teams’ efforts to become more racially inclusive and engage in local communities.  As part of the initiative, teams will participate in fellowships and career fairs to help all members of the community be on “an equal playing field.”

“We, like many Americans, made the mistake of thinking that our region’s and country’s less-than-stellar pasts were firmly behind us, that 21st-century America was becoming a more inclusive nation committed to celebrating diversity. That is not the case,” said John Henry, the Sox’ principal owner, in a statement. “Our sports teams, our athletes, are woven into the fabric of our society. For that reason, we cannot remain silent nor still”

The New England Council commends the dedication of our region’s professional sports teams to fostering equity and justice throughout the city.  Read more in the Boston Globe.  

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