Message from UConn Athletics

June 1, 2020

Dear UConn Nation,

The last several months have been wrought with disappointment and disruption due in large part to the scale and severity of a public health crisis that our country, and the world, have not experienced in a century.  Disappointment and disruption have more recently transformed into exasperation and distress after the more recent, all too frequent and historical, tragedies regarding the violent actions targeting Black Americans.

The stunning incident in Minnesota which led to George Floyd’s death, as well as other similar killings including Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, have intensified exasperation and distress for many members of our community. We must not look the other way as it relates to the horror of these sickening events. Instead, it is imperative that we condemn these atrocities.

UConn athletics is committed to fostering an inclusive environment, and it is our responsibility to bring these words to life within our department and our campus community.

Moreover, we must recognize that these recent events have fueled an unhealthy pattern of hate-mongering that has become all too pervasive in our society. We have to speak out against racism and injustice, and promote compassion, tolerance and understanding. We must stand up to the ongoing hostility which threatens the ideals of humanity. Making the world a better place starts with caring for and empathizing with others.

All my best to you and your family.

David Benedict

UConn Athletics Director