Kendra, a key contributor on the Buccaneers’ varsity girls basketball team, saw a problem at her school in the form of racial intimidation. Instead of ignoring it, she took action.
Kendra attended a meeting to discuss the problem, listened to what was said, and came away feeling that this isn’t an issue that needs to be addressed only by adults. It’s an issue that the students at Grand Haven High School need to embrace, so Kendra and her teammates did just that.
In the Bucs’ Class A regional championship game against Grandville, all the girls on the team replaced the white or black laces on their high tops with multi-colored tie-dye laces as a show of support for ethnic diversity.
Some have been quick to criticize the basketball team’s gesture as shallow and insignificant. We disagree.
This is a group of young women who are some of the brightest and most successful in the school, both on the court and in the classroom. It can be assumed that, as such, they’re some of the more popular young ladies to be walking the hallways of the school.
And in high school, kids are quick to follow the lead of others. If they see some of the most influential students in the school taking a stand against bullying, then chances are, they’re going to follow suit.
We commend the Buccaneers’ basketball players for taking a stand. They could have very easily done nothing and swept this problem under the rug. It happens all too often.
Instead, they put themselves out there, on the biggest stage, and stood up for what they felt was right.
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