ALLYSHIP FOR ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATORS

blog Jun 21, 2018

Allyship is tough. Athletic Administration is literally a balancing act. You are the face of the department, your supervisor potentially is the president, chancellor, or provost of the institution you work in. You might supervise a few sports, some big, some small, and you might be in a situation where the coach has more power and gets paid more than you, the governor, and the mayor. You set the tone for every aspect of the athletic teams, fans, student-athletes, and staff. Man, do I empathize with you, because every time you speak, write an email, or meet with someone you have to pick everything said very intently. It seems that people are waiting to take down someone within the athletic administration. They want to film or record something being said that can lead for the handing in of your resignation. I am getting an ulcer just thinking about it.

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COACHES…. YOU NEVER KNOW WHO IS UNDOCUMENTED

blog Jun 21, 2018

In case you didn’t realize it, I am a black female. I am pro-black with an afro….and as American as American, with a naturalization certificate. You read it right, I wasn’t born in the states, I was born a citizen of our northern enemy- Canada. I won’t go into details (you can buy me a drink if you want to hear the story), but my mom who is currently a green-card holder, drove up from Yuma, Arizona to snatch me across the Canadian border and bring me back to Arizona. It was then my life of living as an undocumented immigrant began- I was a few months old. While I lived in the US undocumented I had no fear my lack of citizenship would cause me to be deported, I honestly do not know how I would have handled that fear. In 1986, my life didn’t change but my documentation did. In 1986, Ronald Reagan signed into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act that would give amnesty to applicants who entered the United States before 1982 and...

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ALLYSHIP FOR COLLEGIATE COACHES

blog Apr 04, 2018

Allyship is tough. Being a coach is tough. I completely understand. You do not want people to think you are playing favorites, and you especially don’t want people to think you are giving special treatment because of race. It is a tightrope walk while juggling bowling balls. One wrong move and the effects could almost destroy your program. However, we are seeing more and more cases involving white student-athletes saying derogatory racial comments. Within the last few months, we have heard the Appalachian State tennis player saying racial comments towards an opponent and the VA Tech lacrosse team screaming the “n” word in a song. These things are occurring and just as we tell our student-athletes to be proactive in their life, shouldn’t we do the same with educating them? 

You want to treat all your players the same because on the court you see them as a player, not a race. Unfortunately, though, within this society, everyone...

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A PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETE’S GUIDE FOR SELECTING THE RIGHT SCHOOL

blog Feb 07, 2018

College decisions are tough, but they are even tougher when questions aren’t asked that can help both the parents and prospective student-athletes (PSAs) make the best decision. When the phone calls, emails, and visits start happening, many do not know the best questions to ask and become starry-eyed at the schools contacting them. They ask about the usual things: time management, facilities, and etc., but do not get in-depth about academics, injuries, scholarship, playing time, how does scholarship loss happen, and on and on. The list below was formulated by an ex-college coach (that’s me!!) who now wishes PSAs and their parents would ask these questions to help safeguard their future and get the answers they need to make an educated decision that isn’t made with stars in their eyes about the size of the school, conference, facilities, or swag they receive. An educate decision encompasses talking about scholarships, injuries, academics, support, playing time,...

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GIVE ME RESOURCES!

blog Jan 30, 2018

Ok people! I know it is tough out there trying to navigate through the scary world wide web for resources on race and diversity. Luckily, I like you and want to help you learn how to be a better ally, how to understand whiteness and privilege, how to be antiracist, and how to start conversations with your kids about race. Go through the resources and read or watch a few of them. The insight you gain will help you when in conversations with people about these subjects. It will allow you to have better answers to race-based questions people will pose. Enjoy and this will be updated regularly

STUDENT-ATHLETES:

Race and Recruiting for the Student-Athlete

Race and Recruiting for the College Coach

Allyship for the Student-Athlete

Microaggressions and the Student-Athlete

Coaches… You Never Know Who is Undocumented

BOOKS:

A Spectacular Leap by Jennifer H. Lansbury

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel...

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CRAPPY GOOD THINGS. A CHAT WITH TREE ROOTS COACHING

inthemedia Jan 30, 2018

Take time today to listen to my conversation with Theresa Beeckman of Tree Roots where we talk about crappy good things happening as well as race, diversity, and creating an inclusive environment.

Jen Fry-Crappy Good Things! Plus, a phrase that will help you Increase Player Effort

If you are interested in having me speak to your school or athletic department on race related issues please contact me at jenfrytalks.com.

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EPISODE 19: ARE BLACK MEN THE WHITE PEOPLE OF BLACK PEOPLE???

inthemedia Jan 30, 2018

I had the great opportunity to be on the Podcast What More Can I Say with Dexter and Ernest to speak about social justice issues! Please take a listen!!

Friend of the Show, “Thought-spert”, Blogger and Activist Jen Fry joined the show to give her fresh perspective on “some of everything.”  This episode we discuss “All Things Jen” from her work in social justice, travel, her love for spices to obese cats.  In the Rundown Segment we discuss the Spurs Coach Greg Popovich comments about White Privilege, Baltimore police corruption and the TOPIC OF THE SHOW: Are Straight Black Men the White People of Black People??? We also sprinkled in some Ray Lewis aka Double Knee and Jerry Rice Chicken helmet commentary for good measure… LOL.  From PRO-test to PRO-crastination we talk about everything.  

If you are interested in having me speak to your school or athletic department on race-related issues please contact me at...

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ALLYSHIP FOR THE STUDENT-ATHLETE

blog Jan 27, 2018

Being an ally is painful. The Peer Net BC defines allyship as an active, consistent, and challenging practice of unlearning and re-evaluating, in which a person of privilege seeks to work in solidarity with a marginalized group. This might be a change of definition compared to what you or others may have used previously. The definition above is within the context of using your privilege to help others gain equality. It is not simply being on a team with a person from a marginalized identity, hanging out with them, or dating them. It is more. Many have thought they were being great allies to their teammates and friends when in reality they were allowing their privileges to continue the wheel of racism, sexism, homophobic, or xenophobia.

But how you ask, because you KNOW you are not a racist. You treated your teammates as brothers and sisters. You took them home for school breaks, you played for them on the court, you considered them close friends but… you also felt...

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HOW RACE CAN AFFECT YOUR TEAM, YOUR RECRUITING, AND YOUR CAMPUS AVCA SEMINAR

inthemedia Jan 19, 2018

HOW RACE CAN AFFECT YOUR TEAM, YOUR RECRUITING, AND YOUR CAMPUS AVCA SEMINAR

Talking about race within your team is always difficult. No one knows how to start the conversation because they are afraid it will go in a direction that can’t be handled. Do not be afraid! Please listen to the recording of the seminar Jen Jacobs and I led to get information on definitions, how to use cultural centers on your visits, and how to have those tough racial conversations.
 
Recording of the AVCA 2017 Seminar
 
Powerpoint of the presentation
 
If you are interested in having me speak to your school or athletic department on race related issues please contact me at jenfrytalks.com.
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A CHAT IN THE GARDEN

inthemedia Jan 19, 2018

Please take a second to listen to my chat with Monique on her Podcast on A Chat in the Garden with Monique A.J. Smith. We talk about race, inclusions, athletics, and where are the spaces we can use to start talking about race and uncomfortable topics. 

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