As members of the Harvard Baseball team, three weeks ago we were left horrified and outraged by the unjustifiable murder of George Floyd. Watching the news felt uncomfortably helpless, and we felt compelled to act.
Our status as Harvard Baseball players provides us not only with privilege, but with a platform. With that platform comes a responsibility to confront societal issues such as systemic racism. We set up a Zoom call with team members and various alumni (Chase Aldridge ’19, Edwin Owolo ’19, Simon Rosenblum-Larson ’19, and Drew Reid ’17) to discuss the situation in America, and decided we wanted to take action to address racial injustices. One of the most crucial ways racism manifests itself in our society is through educational inequality-- and of course as Harvard students, ensuring everyone has access to a quality education is a cause important to all of us.
As a result, our team decided to find a way to improve educational opportunities for Boston’s diverse and underserved youth. We researched local charities that champion this cause and got in touch with them to learn more about their work. After several discussions and deliberations, we are planning to establish a partnership with and launch a fundraiser for the West End House Boys and Girls Club of Allston, a charity less than 2 miles from our beloved Joseph J. O’Donnell field. West End House is an independent nonprofit that works with diverse and underserved communities to help make sure Boston's young people are succeeding academically, exploring and mastering the arts, developing career readiness skills, and adopting healthy lifestyles. By starting a partnership with them, we hope to be able to use our platform and our privilege to improve the community around us. The money we raise for the West End House will go directly towards feeding member families and providing adequate technology for students to engage in remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is going to be our project for the rest of the summer, and we hope to volunteer more when we are able to go back to campus in person.