More than 30 student athletes from 10 different varsity sports teams echoed a simple but powerful phrase in a video released Tuesday.
“It gets better.”
The UNC Athletic Department sponsored the YouTube video, which is part of the national “It Gets Better” campaign that promotes anti-bullying and suicide prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teenagers.
Associate Athletic Communications Director Dave Lohse, who proposed producing the video, said it provides comfort to kids who are bullied.
“They can watch a video where Tar Heel athletes are saying to hang in there,” he said.
“That speaks volumes about what our school is about and what our student athletes are doing to step up.”
Assistant Athletic Director for Student Athlete Development Cricket Lane said UNC is one of few athletic programs in the nation to sponsor an “It Gets Better” video.
“UNC is such a big name — they look to us as a leader in setting the standard,” junior field hockey player Meghan Lyons said.
Lohse introduced the idea to the student athlete advisory council and Carolina Leadership Academy in October.