Minority Athlete Coalition Wants To Educate Programs
Felicia Goodson didn’t want to sit back and wait.
When she saw what was transpiring in the news and read tweets of former Iowa football players reporting racial disparities within the Hawkeye program, she knew what needed to be done.
Almost as quickly as the thought appeared, the Minority Athlete Coalition came to life.
A non-profit organization started by Goodson, the mother of Iowa running back Tyler Goodson, one of the MAC’s biggest goals is to educate college athletics programs on racial sensitivity to help build an inclusive culture in which all races and genders are treated well while supporting student-athletes and giving them a voice.
“Being the mom of two minority athletes, it just was something that pressed on my heart,” Goodson said. “It just kind of wouldn’t go away that these guys need a healthy, productive voice. Not really something that’s going to be divisive or unproductive. But if they had an outlet or an advocate that could help them navigate situations like this, then I think it would be beneficial for everyone involved. It’s beneficial for the program as well as the athlete.”
Eventually, the organization wants to present athletes with an anonymous survey with probing questions and a space to share their thoughts. That survey would then be used to “score” the program before taking the feedback and sharing it with institutions.
Before that, though, the MAC is focusing on the educational aspect.
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