The WNBA and WNBPA declared on Monday that they will be putting work into social justice and honoring the Black Lives Issue movement in the 2020 season.
This includes The Justice Movement, a new platform, along with a social justice council, as their efforts are increasing to encourage social justice and off the courts\.
When the season kicks off in late July at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, teams will use exceptional uniforms to call for justice for women and girls such as Breonna Taylor, who had been shot and killed by Louisville, Kentucky, police officers in March, also Vanessa Guillen, a Fort Hood soldier.
Throughout the season, players will even wear warm-up jerseys that show social justice messages, even together with”Black Lives Matter” on the front and”Say Her Name” on the trunk. “Black Lives Matter” will also be prominently shown on judges during matches.
The NBA will also display social justice speeches on the backs of jerseys when the league resumes play July 30, based on ESPN.
Through its social justice council, the WNBA and its players’ union plan to host conversations on race, inequality and other societal problems through much more, podcasts and much roundtables\. Programming will be announced at a later date.
Council members include players like New York Liberty point guard Layshia Clarendon and Seattle Storm MVP Breanna Stewart, who have advocated for adding”Black Lives Issue” to the league’s courts. Advisers also comprise Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, Rock the CEO Carolyn DeWitt and Black Girls Rock! Founder Beverly Bond.
“We’re extremely proud of WNBA players that continue to direct with their inspiring voices and powerful actions from the league’s committed battle against systemic racism and violence,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement. “Systemic change can’t occur overnight, but it is our shared responsibility to do whatever we can to increase awareness and foster the justice we expect to see in society”
The announcement comes as several WNBA players, such as Atlanta guard Renee Montgomery along with the Washington Mystics’ Natasha Cloud, have chosen out of the 2020 year to concentrate on social justice reform. Cloud recently marched in Washington, D.C., to support Black Lives Matter and mark Juneteenth.
WNBA celebrity Maya Moore set her basketball career on hold two seasons ago to help free her friend Jonathan Irons, who had been convicted of burglary and attack\. He had been published on July 1 after 22 years in prison.
Other players have stated they’ll be not be enjoying this season because of health concerns amid COVID-19. The season is going to be performed without fans in attendance due to the pandemic.
On Monday, the league announced that seven WNBA players tested positive for COVID-19 from 137 players analyzed between June 28 and July 5.
ABC News’ Kayna Whitworth contributed to this report.