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K-State launches diversity programs after football boycott

Dave Skretta
Associated Press

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State is launching a diversity and education fund amid several other initiatives to address racial injustice after football players threatened a boycott in response to an insensitive tweet by a student about the death of George Floyd.

The fund will allow boosters to funnel money directly to initiatives within the athletic department that "actively seek an inclusive and diverse community through educational programming and support of all student-athletes, coaches and staff."

The school also said Wednesday that student-athletes, coaches and staff would undergo mandatory diversity and inclusion training that includes monthly town hall sessions; redoubling efforts to recruit applicants from diverse backgrounds for staff and coaching positions; utilize home games to support the Black Lives Matter movement; highlight Black History Month; and provide transportation to student-athletes to voting locations on Election Day.

Last Thursday, one month after Floyd died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on the Black handcuffed man's neck for nearly eight minutes, student Jaden McNeil tweeted: "Congratulations to George Floyd on being drug free for an entire month!"

University officials have said they are exploring their options for action after the tweet.