Duke soccer gamers present workforce unity in helmet change


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School soccer applications typically make alterations to their sport uniforms earlier than a brand new season and Duke has achieved that for 2020.

Name it an indication of the occasions. Or, some hope and consider, altering occasions.

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Duke’s soccer helmets historically have had a blue or white “D” decal on the perimeters. However for Saturday’s season opener at Notre Dame, the Blue Devils had a black “D” emblem on their helmets with a Black Lives Matter clenched fist image on the again of the headgear.

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That shall be a fixture this season, Duke coach David Cutcliffe mentioned this week. It was a choice made after “plenty of dialog” along with his workforce.

“All of our gamers enter, not simply our gamers of coloration however each certainly one of our gamers,” Cutcliffe mentioned on his media name. “And that that’s a vote for his or her teammates. That that’s a robust feeling of unity. And that’s the way you develop in a troublesome time. You do it collectively.

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“And so to honor our teammates of coloration, the black D’s shall be worn all 12 months lengthy. That’s not representing any organizations or something. It’s representing the energy of our teammates and our perception that Black Lives do matter.”

The brand new decals had been talked about on the NBC nationwide telecast because the Irish took a 27-13 victory at Notre Dame Stadium.

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“It’s one of many methods Duke gamers are making their expression in regards to the present local weather within the nation.” NBC’s Mike Tirico mentioned on the telecast.

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Duke Soccer places black D sticker on helmets in Durham, NC. September 15, 2020 Reagan Lunn

One other means Duke athletes have expressed their emotions about social injustice and systemic racism within the nation was at a Black Lives Matter gathering on the Duke campus late final month.

The protest was shortly organized by Nolan Smith, a former Duke basketball guard and the director of operations and participant growth for Mike Krzyzewski’s program. It got here after the police taking pictures of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after the killing of two protesters by a 17-year-old white male, after the choice by NBA gamers to boycott video games.

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An estimated 500 individuals gathered at “Krzyzewskiville” close to Cameron Indoor Stadium. Amongst these addressing the group was Krzyzewski and Duke ladies’s basketball coach Kara Lawson, who mentioned, “Equality, in concept, is a primary precept however for our nation it’s been very sophisticated. It’s been exhausting to rationalize for over 400 years. There’s plenty of nervousness concerned in it.”

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Cutcliffe was on the gathering together with different Blue Devils soccer coaches and gamers similar to Chris Rumph II, Deon Jackson and Jalon Calhoun. Cutcliffe mentioned there had been a workforce assembly that lasted an hour and was full of emotion.

“There’s plenty of depth surrounding these points,” Cutcliffe mentioned.

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Duke performs its dwelling opener Saturday towards Boston School at Wallace Wade Stadium. No nationwide telecast this time however a press release once more shall be made with the uniform selection by the Blue Devils. With the brand new look to the helmet.

“It’s a good way to point out that to varsity soccer and the media and the whole lot,” quarterback Chase Brice mentioned this week. “We’re all on board with that call.”

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In additional than 30 years at The N&O, Chip Alexander has coated the N.C. State, UNC, Duke and East Carolina beats, and now could be in his 11th season on the Carolina Hurricanes beat. Alexander, who has received quite a few writing awards on the state and nationwide degree, coated the Hurricanes’ transfer to North Carolina in 1997 and was part of The N&O’s protection of the Canes’ 2006 Stanley Cup run.



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