Sports & Society

Michigan's athletic department put out an optional email signature in support of equality.

On Nov. 2, the athletic department DEI committee — led by assistant director of athletic counseling Abigail Eiler — gave department coaches and staff the option to include the same logo in their email signature.

Under the recent epidemic order, some Michigan sports teams will still play.

As the daily case numbers in the United States are hitting a new peak seemingly every day, the players donning the maize and blue are still expected to go into work.

Maddie O'Reilly remarks on Women Uplifting Women's progress.

Courtney Bostic, a recent alumna of the Wolverines’ women’s track and field program, created Women Uplifting Women in 2019 for female Michigan athletes in response to what she felt was a pressing issue.

In just his second season in charge of the Michigan men's basketball team, Juwan Howard is proving off the court that he's a great fit for the job.

The circumstances of the country only add another challenge to an already difficult job. But, if there is anyone that is right for the job, it appears to be Howard.

Mike Hilde knows what it's like to be a college diver, which allows him to connect with players like Ross Todd.

In such a mental-centric sport, external stressors as well as internal stressors from the sport itself can derail an athlete’s training.

Isaiah Livers will continue to be a voice for social justice when the basketball season tips off.

Members of the Michigan men's basketball team will continue to use their platform to advocate for social justice as the season gets under way.

Without fans and with a lack of in-person meetings, athletes and coaches are connecting over Zoom.

On the panel Johnson showed no signs of discomfort when speaking with the fellow panelists on the issues that face him as a Black man in society. Whether it was about using his image and platform, his personal experiences or even when a young kid simply asked him if he got nerves while playing football, he spoke like someone who had done this before.

Michigan defensive back Quinten Johnson spoke at a forum on the experiences of black athletes and people in sports.

TEDxUofM hosted the salon via Zoom, titling the event “Race in Sports: The Black Athletic Experience.” The four panelists included Johnson, professor of Sports Management and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the School of Kinesiology Dr. Ketra Armstrong, Sports Management Ph.D. Elena Simpkins and former Michigan volleyball player Elliot Brooks.

Initiatives across the NCAA encouraged voter turnout among student-athletes.


Freshman wing Jace Howard sat in front of a photo of Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali as he talked to media the day before Election Day.


Athletes — tired of being viewed only through their on-field accomplishments — seized on their popularity and their platforms to fight for change on issues they felt were important. For many, that was fighting back against generations of systematic racism and police brutality.