A huge reason why we love sports is their ability to bring people together and meritocracy to the playing field. However, the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others remind us once again of the divisiveness, inequality, and systemic racism that persist in America. We recognize that sports play an integral role in the fight for change and equality. Numerous athletes continue to use their platforms to speak out against police brutality and racial inequality, and data are being used to inform policies that will advance the fight for equality for black Americans.
After taking time to grieve, listen, reflect, educate, donate, and protest, we have come together to identify how the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference leaders and organizers can use this platform to promote racial equality and justice for black people in America. We want everyone who has attended or has been affiliated with our conference to know that we stand in solidarity with the black community at MIT and across the globe. Recognizing our platform, we pledge to do the following while planning all future SSACs to be active participants in driving change:
We recognize this is just a small part of the change that needs to occur, but we are committed to ongoing action.
The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference