Several thousand counter protesters took to Washington D.C. Sunday morning to protest a white supremacist rally planned for later that day.
While not among those protesters, Washington Mystics guard and former Maryland women’s basketball player Kristi Toliver, gave a speech of her own before their game at Capital One Arena against the Dallas Wings.
Toliver addressed the crowd of just over 6,200 before the playing of the national anthem, speaking on behalf of the Mystics organization.
“Speak, act, and most importantly live with compassion.”
— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) August 12, 2018
“As our leadership fails to provide this inclusive environment, it is all the more important that we together use our power for good,” Toliver said. “Continue to acknowledge these issues in your daily lives — speak, act and live with compassion.”
After making her statement, Toliver proceeded to provide a solid contribution in a winning effort for the Mystics. Her 17 points and seven assists pushed her team to a 93-80 victory over Dallas.
Toliver isn’t the only former Maryland student-athletes speaking out on polarizing political matters. From Yannick Ngakoue kneeling during the national anthem to A.J. Francis calling the Washington Redskins’ logo racist, plenty of former Terps have made their voices heard and declined to “stick to sports.”