Texas Tech football players join community clean-up during day off from practice

Updated: Aug. 29, 2020 at 4:08 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Texas Tech Athletes were at Butler Park Saturday to help their local community, engaging with fans and playing sports with kids.

Members of the Texas Tech football team announced they would be opting out of practice to protest police brutality.

Players and coaches at the event helped by playing games with Red Raider fans in attendance, speaking with them about issues facing the east Lubbock community and registering them to vote.

Many student athletes could be seen with Black Lives Matter signs, some urging people to “be the change.”

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Texas Tech Athletics posted a collection of photos from the event, you can see them in the link below:

AJ McCleod announced on social media the community group Peace on the East would be at Butler Park with the Texas Tech athletes as they did not want to just “take a day off” but be active in the East Lubbock community.

McCleod said on Facebook, “These young men will be helping clean up the community and the centers in the community, they will be playing sports and talking with our youth about their experiences and the emotional strain on our country right now at Butler Park as well as helping people get registered to vote.”

Following the event, McCleod shared his thoughts on how he believes these actions will affect members of the community, saying: “Our kids will never forget them coming out and taking time to be there and build relationships in a time that our country needs some better relationships.”

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Posted by AJ McCleod on Saturday, August 29, 2020

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