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Response to Dismissal of Football Player from Team

At Albright College, we celebrate and value the rights of all students and community members to express their thoughts and opinions civilly, respectfully, and peacefully. Within our college community, student organizations, clubs and teams can establish and uphold their own unique practices to enhance College-stated values. Prior to the football game against Delaware Valley University on Saturday, Oct. 7, and upon the recommendation of the team’s leadership council, which is comprised of 24 student-athletes selected annually by team members, the football team made a team-wide decision to both kneel during the coin toss and stand during the National Anthem. This action, which was supported by the coaching staff, was created as an expression of team unity and out of the mutual respect team members have for one another and the value they place on their differences. It was established as a way to find common ground in a world with many differing views.

The team agreed to uphold the council decision, with the understanding that there may be consequences for those who choose not to support the team. One football player, unbeknownst to the coach and the team, chose not to support the decision of the leadership council and team. He has been dismissed from the team, but remains a valued member of the Albright College student body.

To read the football team’s statement, which was read as the team took the field at Saturday’s game, please visit our Homecoming highlights page: http://alumni.albright.edu/homecoming/index.html 

If you have additional comments or questions, please email us at collegerelations@albright.edu. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response. Thank you. 

Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D.
President, Albright College