Columbia coaches and student-athletes talk about racial injustice

3 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago Wednesday, June 03 2020 Jun 3, 2020 Wednesday, June 03, 2020 8:35:00 PM CDT June 03, 2020 in Continuous News
By: Parker Rehm, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA —You've probably heard the saying "stick to sports."

As protests against George Floyd's death spread across the country, some coaches and athletes are doing quite the opposite.

Coaches take on the important task of having a platform to speak during times of uncertainty and racial injustice, a role that Hickman football coach Cedric Alvis knows is crucial.

“I think it’s important for me as a black man, especially in a leadership role, to have minority students underneath me to let all of my athletes know—not just minority: white, black, asian, doesn’t matter," Hickman Kewpies head coach Cedric Alvis said. "Whatever color you are, using athletics as a way to make society better is one-hundred percent acceptable.”

This is something that former Hickman quarterback and recent graduate Jevean Brown said is part of his responsibility.

"I'm an emotional person, I'm going to speak my truth," Brown said. "It's not necessarily that you need to do it but I feel like since they have so many fans, even if people disagree with it, that issue is in their minds."

Coach Alvis praised Brown and former Rock Bridge running back Miles Cheatum, who recently graduated, for using their voices so early in their lives.

"You look at Miles, he just graduated," Alvis said. "The most important thing that he learned wasn't taught in chemistry, math, any of those subjects in school and that isn't to any fault of Hickman or Rock Bridge or Columbia Schools."

Cheatum voiced his concerns early after the George Floyd video surfaced, taking to twitter to initially take a stance.

"I feel like what I can do as a young black man is encourage others to come and protest and fight for equality and justice for my people," Cheatum said. "This is more than a hashtag... we've been going through this for a long time."

"I can use my platform to at least speak about it," Cheatum said. "Just try to be the change in the world that we want to see."

Cheatum attended the protests in downtown Columbia as well as at the capitol building in Jefferson City, all of which showed courage he said.

"When I saw that cop kneeling in Jefferson City, it was touching to me," Cheatum said. "That's huge when I see them doing that because that's strong to kneel in front of your police department and it shows that they're with us."

Cheatum also emphasized that coaches and players alike need to approach the situation as something bigger than sports.

"I'm going out [to protest] with a broken heart, Cheatum said. "For all of my athletes [friends], if you really are for this cause, it's way bigger than football or anything like that."

More News

Grid
List
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. Previous coverage: ... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, October 01 2020 Oct 1, 2020 Thursday, October 01, 2020 6:42:00 AM CDT October 01, 2020 in News
Columbia police conclude investigation in Mengqi Ji case The Columbia Police Department concluded their part of the investigation... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, October 01 2020 Oct 1, 2020 Thursday, October 01, 2020 5:26:00 AM CDT October 01, 2020 in Top Stories
(AP) — Kansas City leaders are introducing a new four-part plan they hope will help the city reduce its burgeoning... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9:40:00 PM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A bicyclist was rushed to the hospital, Wednesday, after a driver hit him and ran from the scene.... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 8:49:00 PM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
(AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing over a Missouri court order allowing some Kansas City area evictions... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 7:55:00 PM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
ASHLAND - The Wilton Landowners Levee and Drainage Association has been waiting a year to be reimbursed for work completed... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 7:36:00 PM CDT September 30, 2020 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA- The Columbia Police Department concluded their part of the investigation in regard to the Mengqi Ji case, a Columbia... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:22:00 PM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Tuesday's Presidential debate was different than years past and not just because there was no crowd in... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 5:49:00 PM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
(CNN) - The Senate on Wednesday approved a stopgap spending bill in order to avert a government shutdown just hours... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 5:47:04 PM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia/Boone County Health Department released guidelines for trick or treating on Halloween. There are numerous activities... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 5:47:00 PM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- Missouri Head Football Coach Eliah Drinkwitz drew attention on Wednesday when he spoke up about the SEC's lack of... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 3:33:00 PM CDT September 30, 2020 in Sports
MIDWAY - A string of burglaries and larcenies have impacted more than a dozen properties around the Midway area. ... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 3:16:00 PM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
MARSHALL- Marshall Public Schools went remote Wednesday, after Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher met with her team and decided COVID-19 numbers... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 1:42:00 PM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
NASHVILLE (AP) — The NFL says the Pittsburgh-Tennessee game originally scheduled for Sunday will be played either Monday or Tuesday... More >>
20 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:26:34 PM CDT September 30, 2020 in Sports
(CNN) -- After a five-month battle with leukemia, the first known person to be cured of HIV has died of... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 11:49:00 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
CENTRALIA - The sweet smells of lavender and grass hang heavily over Jason Lockwood's workshop. Lockwood and his wife... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 11:30:00 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
SEDALIA - Pettis County Clerk Nick La Strada confirmed that at least 1,200 blank absentee ballots were reported missing Wednesday... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9:48:00 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- The global pandemic has stress levels running high these days. "One of the first things on everyone's... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, September 30 2020 Sep 30, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 9:44:00 AM CDT September 30, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 52°
10am 56°
11am 58°
12pm 60°
1pm 61°