COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ) — For the 2020 season-opener, Maryland Football players will debut new name-plates on their jerseys, helmet stickers and warm-up shirts to make personal statements about the fight for racial justice.
The University said student-athletes will have the option to replace their names on their jerseys with various expressions of solidarity, including Equality, Unity, Respect, Justice and Empathy.READ MORE: Police: 2 Dead, 2 Seriously-Injured, Following Serious Crash In Severn
“At the University of Maryland, we are focused on supporting our student-athletes, allowing them to start important conversations on critical issues and amplifying their voices,” Athletic Director Damon Evans said. “This Saturday we will introduce student-driven initiatives as our players will make personal statements about the fight for justice. It fills me with great pride to see the passion our student-athletes have, to take a stance and be vocal about issues that matter to them.”READ MORE: GBMC Hosts Annual Father's Day 5K Race
Players will also have the option to wear warm-up shirts with the same expressions and two others, “I Got Your Back” and “Speak Up.”
A helmet sticker designed by student-athletes will express solidarity through the phrase “One Terp.”MORE NEWS: Tender Bridge Foundation Starts Street Hockey Team For Children In Baltimore
The Terrapins open their season on the road Saturday against Northwestern. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.