Madison native Tyra Turner has always been a standout. She was a star multi-sport athlete at Madison La Follette High School. From there she became a member of the Wisconsin softball team. Now, she's taking the spotlight even further.
"I didn't know how big of a deal it was going to be. I had people texting me, messaging me about it saying 'that's so awesome,'" said Turner.
The soon-to-be junior with the Badgers was selected to represent UW as part of the first ever Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition in the Big Ten Conference.
"We have the ability to reach a lot of people," said Turner. "It's really important for everyone to see it too because I believe that all of us going in there are fighting for the same things and fighting for equality."
Turner is joined by football senior Madison Cone representing UW in the coalition.
Cone says this is just one more way to prove that they are more than just athletes at their university.
"We feel love for what we do and not exactly who we are," said Cone. "If we weren't catching touchdowns or making interceptions or big hits. A lot of the love comes from those areas and what we can provide."
As a Madison native, Turner has participated in several peaceful protests around the city. She takes pride in seeing parts of her community come together.
"Knowing that I surround myself with people that believe in the same things as me is a really cool thing to be a part of," said Turner.
Turner and Cone are part of 140 athletes, coaches and administrators across 14 institutions across the Big Ten that make up the new coalition.