Sports & Society

Michigan baseball alumni Ben Keizer and Jimmy Kerr recently opened a new training facility in Ann Arbor.

To Keizer and Kerr, that image represents their past, one of their favorite moments and the connection to their former teammates that they have drawn on in the aftermath of a months-long quarantine.

Michigan men's soccer coach Chaka Daley is one of several coaches participating in Michigan's branch of the Big Ten's anti-racism coalition. As part of the coalition's initiative, participants are focusing on education and voter registration.

Michigan soccer coach Chaka Daley doubled down on the coalition’s focus on voting — also tied to the Big Ten’s voter registration committee — citing it as one of the “tangible” results spoken of in the statement about the goal of the coalition. The coalition’s strategy in implementing those results has been through teaching and accessibility of registration.

Michigan volleyball coach Mark Rosen is a staunch advocate for gender equality in athletics.

Rosen is thrown into this fight for equality for women as he coaches a women’s team and deals with these issues first-hand.

Michigan coach Mike McGuire has emphasized a positive attitude regardless of the season's status.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected — for lack of a better word — everything. So, it should come as no surprise that it has changed the way that the Michigan cross country teams practice.

Kwity Paye led an initiative to get football players registered to vote.

Paye and graduate Michigan defensive lineman Carlo Kemp couldn’t stand being complacent, so they decided to take action. The one thing they could control was getting themselves and their team registered to vote.

The Graduate Employees' Organization struck for nearly two-weeks, seeking, among other demands, better COVID protections for students.

Now, the Big Ten’s decision to play football is driving the two sides even farther apart, with the University announcing that it will begin to conduct rapid testing on student athletes. Meanwhile, the University continues to neglect the demands the GEO has made regarding testing procedures for undergraduate and graduate students.

Hunter Reynolds and Minnesota's Benjamin St. Juste co-founded College Athlete Unity this summer.

College Athlete Unity has amplified their platform and reached a broader audience, and, in doing so, they know they have unlocked the activist potential of college athletes