How Sports Organizations and Others Can Honor Juneteenth
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Juneteenth, is a national holiday commemorating the end of slavery as an institution in the U.S. and has been celebrated annually on June 19 since 1866.
TeamSnap will observe the holiday on Monday, June 20, however on Sunday the community will also celebrate this holiday as well as think about this as one of opportunity, equity and access.
Across the country, sports organizations have honored Juneteenth through celebration nights, educational posts, uniforms, and more. This year, we will have to wait and see how clubs and teams will honor the day, but if your sports team or organization is looking for a way to honor Juneteenth, here are some suggestions.
Use the day to read, listen, and ask questions about Juneteenth. Focus on learning about its importance in both American history as well as black history. Share with others what you learn. You could even message your team and see what they’ve learned.
Use June 19th to support local and black owned small businesses.
— WNBA (@WNBA) June 19, 2021
Find A Local Event
Look around and find an event to participate in. Across the country there will be celebrations, find one, grab a group of friends and families and immerse yourself. If you are looking for an event, try googling your town or city of residency and see what shows up for local events.
There are several reading lists that can help educate you, your family, teammates and others about Juneteenth. The New York Times put together an Antiracist Reading List that is a good place to start. If you are a parent and are part of a book group, find a book this month that honors Juneteenth.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, which Congress has just voted to make a federal holiday.
An important milestone in American history and a day for celebration, education and reflection.
— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) June 19, 2021
Share with us how you are honoring Juneteenth this year.