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University of Tulsa's student-athletes 'Unity Walk' to Black Wall Street

Posted at 1:11 PM, Jul 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-22 12:13:59-04

TULSA, Okla. — University of Tulsa athletes took part in a “Walk for Unity” Wednesday to learn more about Tulsa’s history.

The group marched from the university’s Reynolds Center to the historic Greenwood District Wednesday morning. Coaches and student-athletes from various sports at TU took part in the march. Football, basketball, soccer, and volleyball players all showed their support.

Organizers tell 2 News Oklahoma the march is meant to teach students more about Tulsa’s history--specifically, Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre. Administrators also said the event is meant to be a bonding experience for student-athletes beyond their sports.

“Everyone has been very supportive from the athletic director, coaches, and athletes,” associate director for TU’s Student-Athlete Development, Schnea Nealy said. “We feel that it is important that the students know about the history of Tulsa.”

Coaches and players also met children from the Tulsa Dream Center for lunch and talked to them the importance of education. This was the first of several events happening this summer to teach student-athletes about Tulsa’s history.

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