Ubuntu Basketball inspires girls to be leaders for unity
With March being Women's History Month and International Women's Day coming up, a community leader is investing in local girls by teaching them to be leaders on the court and for social justice.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — With March being Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day coming up, a community leader is investing in local girls by teaching them to be leaders on the court and for social justice.
“All of us were working together to help spread a message that everyone deserves equality and justice and unity,” said Emma Brown, a 7th grade player for Ubuntu Basketball.
Ubuntu Basketball is inspiring all youth, especially its girls to show unity through their “Walk Together” theme, in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Founder Pete Ferguson says in 2020, everyone was impacted by covid, the election, and marches which can cause separation.
“Those steps are accessible to everyone,” said Ferguson. “Towards equity, justice, kindness, and support and civility. It’s not exclusive to one person. With the various things that happened with COVID and then with the social unrest during the summer with the murder of George Floyd and Ahmaud Abury and Breonna Taylor, it just resonated again and surfaced and it just seemed like a natural fit of where we needed to be centered.”
He says after jumping a few hurdles, the shirt came about with words like equity, kindness justice, and civility, the organization’s four pillars. Now other teams and small businesses have joined the movement like Rutabagas Comfort Food and more.
Brown says it’s important for all her friends to feel accepted in school and on the court.
“I feel that it’s important to acknowledge and recognize all of our differences, as a team, because we each carry in unique talents, and altogether that helps create a strong unified team,” said Brown. “We all have boys at our school that said that girls aren’t good at basketball or it’s just for boys, but we make it feel like we own the court, and we get to take over.”
Ferguson says the impact of the shirts and the teams has sparked positive conversation at games and at home with families and friends.
“I think that is a great and a unique takeaway that is as powerful and we have to understand a lot of this country was built on the shoulders of, you know, our females, Black, you know, White, Asian, Latina x, and you know and that’s, that’s sometimes often forgotten when we think about hidden figures they shouldn’t be hidden.”