Imagine working for years to be at the top of your sport and finally earning a spot as one of the favorites for an NCAA title. What, beyond a debilitating injury or illness, could possibly inspire you to give up on chasing that once in a lifetime dream?
Sanjuanita (Sam) Martinez, a senior cross-country and track standout at Cornell College in Iowa is a 5-time All-American, one of the top D-III steeplers, and has a serious shot at an NCAA title. Yet, she is choosing to potentially take herself out of contention and that choice has nothing to do with her health. Sam is refusing to run for Cornell College and instead running as an unattached athlete (racing as an individual and not as a part of her school’s track team) and is trading in her Cornell uniform for an all-black kit.
She is using her high-profile position as a star athlete on campus as an act of protest racism on campus. Read on to find out what happened to inspire Sam’s activism, what she hopes to accomplish, and how the school and her team have reacted. Read more >>