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Wisconsin athletes use voices to display sign of solidarity on uniform

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MADISON (WKOW)-- UW Athletics uniforms will feature a university crest logo with a black "W" this year as a sign of solidarity and inclusion for Badger student-athletes.

This was a collective movement with current and former Wisconsin athletes. They wanted this change to keep the conversation going that Black and under-represented students' lives matter.

"What's something that we can put out there to be a constant reminder," UW football senior Madison Cone said.

"Us using our voices, we can make a change on this campus," UW track & field junior Armoni Brown said.

Earlier this month, the group came together to write a letter to Chancellor Rebecca Blank, Athletic Director Barry Alvarez, and Chief Diversity Officer Patrick Sims requesting this change.

The Athletic Department responded on Wednesday approving the black crest logo.

"There is plenty of work to do, but I am pleased we will be able to show our support in a way that is important to our student-athletes," Alvarez said.

"It's relieving now knowing that they're listening to us, they hear us, and they're taking our advice," UW Women's basketball junior Imani Lewis said.

"It was just very gratifying that they listened to us, and they comprehended what we were saying," Brown said. "They put everything to the side and realized that hey this is something that we have to do."

They chose the crest because it represents the university as a whole.

"We didn't want this to just be a student-athlete thing," Cone said. "This represents all the minority students on the UW campus."

"Before we are athletes, we are Black student-athletes, we are African Americans," Brown said.

It's one small step forward in their push for an inclusive campus for all.

"For instance, how can the university bring more people like me or more people of color, more minorities to this campus," Brown questioned?

The athletes are now working to have the black "W" displayed on all apparel and sold in book stores. If that happens, they want the proceeds to go towards an organization that supports minorities.

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Karley Marotta

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