Inspired by Colin Kaepernick, a Bay Area high school cheerleading squad begins taking a knee during the national anthem, despite backlash from coaches and spectators.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the national anthem is sparking conversations about patriotism, tradition, and America’s history of racism. Now young people living in team’s home turf are grappling with whether to take their own stand.
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the national anthem is sparking conversations about patriotism. In classrooms across the country, students are taught to honor the flag during their daily pledge of allegiance. Youth Radio talked to young people who are grappling whether to take their own stand… by sitting down through the pledge.
Growing up with my brother going in and out of jail and me not having my dad, football showed me teamwork and how to work hard at everything I do. One coach named Solemn didn’t care if we won or lost he only care about if we as a team.
This year the Super Bowl is happening in my backyard and I couldn’t be more excited.
I felt like I was making big sacrifices for a sport that I couldn’t see myself playing beyond high school. What’s all of this time and energy for?
They had us constantly working: testing us on the playbook, running hour long agility drills and even quintupling our protein powder intake.
My dad was a wide receiver in high school. My older brother was MVP. And when I joined the team my freshman year, my teammates and coaches had high expectations. But my play was not MVP material.
I love playing football and I strive to be great and I’m willing to put the work in and it taught me I can do anything I put my mind to.