Sports & Society

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.

Michigan's athletes have been outspoken regarding social issues and the need to vote ahead of the presidential election.

Politics and sports are far from separate.

They can’t be. Not if you’re a woman. Not if you’re Black. Not if you’re LGBTQ+. And not if you’re surrounded by teammates whose lives can be affected by an election — this election.

I mean seriously, just do it.

The student athletes at the University of Michigan have risen to the occasion. They know there is no good reason to waste the opportunity in front of them. They know and respect the responsibility they hold.

Michigan softball coach Carol Hutchins played a major role in registering her team to vote this fall.

Four days remain until the most anticipated election in recent memory. For the Michigan softball team, this moment serves as a turning point for a better future. 

Wisconsin's recent COVID outbreak does not bode well for the rest of the Big Ten.

This was bound to happen, right? I mean, sooner or later, a crack was going to show in the Big Ten’s approach to football this fall. We are, after all, living amidst a pandemic.