To show support for student-athletes, the executive branch of student government has asked the student body to wear Carolina Blue today.
Some student-athletes have felt underappreciated and attacked for events that happened in the past, Powell said.
“The vast majority of our student-athletes have been unfairly marginalized and criticized,” he said. “Student-athletes are part of the student body, and they deserve our support.”
Powell said he hopes this event, which has more than 250 people signed up to attend on the Facebook event, will remind everyone that it is important to recognize the work and effort of all students.
“Anytime that students aren’t feeling supported or aren’t feeling welcomed, that’s when student government needs to get involved and make sure that our community is as strong as it can be,” he said.
Loren Shealy, a senior field hockey player and a member of the Student Athlete Athletic Council, said the event is a great way for the student body to get more involved in athletics.
Shealy said she hasn’t been treated differently since the report came out but said other student-athletes feel differently.
“I know some people have felt a little lack of support because it’s a negative report in a lot of ways, so I think tomorrow will be great,” she said. “It will ramp up the support a little more and just let people be a little more vocal about their support without having to say anything.”