Inclusion in Sport Series: Topic #1 – Race

This edition of the Ottawa Sportspage brings you Part 1 of our Inclusion in Sport Series, which will continue in upcoming newspapers.

The first topic we’re tackling is race, and its impact on participation in sport.

We are certainly big believers that sport forms an integral part of our community and our culture as a whole. Sport has the power to bridge divides, unite, and heal.

But sport is absolutely not immune to the racial injustice seen within society, and faces its own unique factors when it comes to inclusion.

Of course, racial inequality is a major concern in our country, continent, and world. This Series will bring the discussion back to our own backyard, where you’ll hear from a range of local voices in Ottawa’s sports community.

This includes athletes standing up for change, influential coaches, and municipal and sport leaders. We spotlight the link between race and low-income individuals’ difficulties participating in sport, we profile allies and groups working to help youth overcome barriers to access sports opportunities, and local stars who have risen above the challenges to excel in the sports world.

By no means do these articles form a perfect or complete discussion on the subject. To be honest, we didn’t reach several more people we would have liked to include, and we feel like we’ve just started to scratch the surface on the topic.

The good news is the chance to hear these voices won’t stop after this edition. Later on in the Series, we’ll cover other groups who are underrepresented or face barriers to fully participate in sport, and we will certainly continue to tell stories related to race in our future newspapers and online at SportsOttawa.com.

We hope you enjoy these stories, and we welcome your comments and ideas at Editor@SportsOttawa.com and ExecDir@SportsOttawa.com.

You can find links to each of our featured stories below, and read the online edition of the newspaper at: https://issuu.com/ottawasportspage/docs/sportspage-oct20.

—Charlie Pinkerton & Dan Plouffe

Called an ‘oreo’ in high school, Team Canada volleyball player’s globetrotting has doubled as an exploration of what it means to be Black

Race & income, plus related challenges, create complex sport participation barriers, say industry leaders

City’s anti-racism lead says more needs to be done to help disadvantaged youth access sport

Confronting social issues head-on, Pam Buisa is getting the master class she never asked for

Nate Behar on the evolution of a movement and finding his place amidst it

uOttawa’s Mongo creating support program for young hockey players of colour

Taffe Charles teaming with Ravens alumni to bring opportunities to underserved youth

Local elite basketball academy founder operates program partly as a means of clearing barriers

Football led Ottawa NFL player Eli Ankou to appreciation and activism around his Indigenous background

Coach using widening influence to promote higher education, opportunities for disadvantaged youth

Canoe-kayak helped Carranco family create a home in Canada

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