Sports and Social Justice

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Young girl wearing a Kaepernick jersey sitting in the stands waiting

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Sports and athletes are captivating to young people and adults alike. We look up to athletes as our heroes, idols and role models. And yet, sometimes sports provide a negative example: a way not to act or behave. 

Throughout our nation’s history, athletes have taken stands on issues and made political statements, lent their names to causes they believe in and used their power and platform to speak truth to power. Their words and deeds have influence and impact. As a result, sports inspire teachable moments to talk with young people about identity, diversity, bias and social justice.   

Below is our collection of lesson plans and Table Talk family discussion guides that focus on sports and social justice.   

Lesson Plans

Is Olympic Coverage Sexist?

Middle School,
High School
This lesson provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to learn more about the 2016 Olympics, reflect on what they’ve seen and heard and assess the extent to which there is sexism and stereotypes in the coverage of the 2016 Olympics.

Table Talk Family Discussion Guides