After the George Floyd murder, we began trying to figure out what we could do to further the social justice / Black Lives Matter movement, especially in our hometown of Circle Pines, MN. This city, and the surrounding areas, have a predominantly white population creating conditions that don't breed diversity or inclusivity. As a result, they are not representative of the current social environment of the United States. In suburbs such as ours, hockey is one of the most popular sports (if not the most) and the diversity in the sport alone is even worse than in the cities in which it’s played.
Hockey is arguably the sport with the most barriers to entry. Whether it’s the high costs of ice time, equipment, maintenance, or traveling for tournaments, it adds up. Our organization is attempting to remove those barriers to those who face the most injustice and oppression in sport and society as a whole.
BIPOC Play it Forward has already received an overwhelming amount of support from our local community. We are grateful to see that we are not the only ones who have been yearning for this indispensable change. We are always looking for gear donations or donations to our GoFundMe and genuinely appreciate the support. We also sell RedBubble stickers with variations of our BIPOC Play It Forward logo and all proceeds go towards continuing our efforts of community building and engagement.
One thing we would love for folks to take away from our work is to be conscientious of micro-aggressions, be open to an honest dialogue concerning a lack of diversity, & please be emotionally supportive of minorities within our community.