How to make change in your community
By Andrew George, NOWSA Community Impact Intern
Throughout the history of professional sports, athletes have utilized their platform to advocate for social change. Whether it’s Billie Jean King and Venus Williams working to close the gender pay gap in tennis, Maya Moore pausing her career to focus on criminal justice reform and the wrongful conviction of Jonathan Irons, or most recently, Simone Biles being vocal about the importance of mental health.
In the social media era, their voices have the ability to reach billions around the world at the click of a button and affect people’s opinions and actions. There is no question that athlete activism can be an incredible tool in cultivating social equity. While athletes use their large followings to be motivators for change, what we do with that motivation at the community level is equally important.
Andrew volunteering in Selma, AL during a Baldwin Wallace University Alternative Break Service trip.
About andrew george
Andrew George is a senior at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, OH and former Community Impact Intern with the Northeast Ohio Women’s Sports Alliance. As a double major in sport management and sociology, he has had the opportunity to be a part of many diverse experiences that include working at the Super Bowl, coaching athletes with physical and cognitive disabilities, and engaging in nonviolence training in Selma, AL while on a trip learning about civil rights in the U.S. Following graduation in Spring 2022, Andrew hopes to secure a career that uses sport as a platform to empower communities and advance social equity.