Alabama Gymnastics: One Heart
In the wake of the recent allegation from former Alabama gymnast, Tia Kiaku, Alabama Gymnastic's official twitter handle put out a video showing solidarity among the current gymnasts. Kiaku, alleged earlier in the week that she and other African-American gymnasts were subjected to racially insensitive comments made by assistant coach, Bill Lorenz. Lorenz has issued an apology.
The social media video features members of the 2020 Alabama Gymnastics team, junior Alonza Klopfer, sophomore Jensie Givens, freshman Ella Burgess, freshman Luisa Blanco, junior Lexi Graber, freshman Makarri Doggette, freshman Mati Waligora, sophomore Emily Gaskins, sophomore Griffen James and sophomore Sania Mitchell.
The athletes in the video declare they are a part of a program that promotes learning, listening, inclusive, strength, passion, understanding, love, encouragement, one heart-beat, unity and a culture of being one.
The girls go on to discuss culture of the program, a culture of unity and strength.
Lorenz gave his statement on the situation with Kiaku to Brett Hudson of the Tuscaloosa News.
Racial injustice is on the forefront of the national conversation, following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.