VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds are all about RESPECT. In the 2016/17 season the UBC Thunderbirds are teaming up with UBC’s Equity & Inclusion Office for presentations to Varsity athletes and coaches on themes such as respectful sport environments, hazing, bullying and consent.
The aim of the presentations is to introduce UBC’s commitment to building respectful communities, which includes Varsity athletes and coaches. Athletes are sporting “UBC Thunderbirds Respect” wristbands as a symbol of their commitment to being positive role models and to take action: See something, Say something, Do something.
“Sometimes there is a stigma attached to team sports,” says UBC men’s basketball player Phil Jalalpoor. “Wearing the “Respect” band shows that we as an athletic community have these values – equity, diversity and non-discrimination, and we hold each other accountable.”
The wearing of the wristbands will coincide with a social media campaign, which will challenge Varsity teams to wear the “Respect” bands and share photos of their teammates on social media using the hashtag #TBirdsRespect. The team with the most shares will win a restaurant gift certificate worth $350. The contest winner will be announced on November 30th.
“We encourage athletes to wear the Thunderbirds Respect band as a reminder their actions matter,” says UBC’s Director of Equity and Inclusion Jude Tate. “We support team building and socializing in fun, caring and respectful ways.”
Wear your “Respect” wristbands with pride and honor. Go Birds! Go!