FPU student-athletes create Athletes of Color Alliance

FPU athletes of color want to be catalysts for change


Earlier this month, the Fresno Pacific University Department of Athletics announced the creation of Athletes of Color Alliance as a university-sponsored and student-led organization with official club status as of September 2020.

The club’s primary goal is to collaborate on issues on social justice within the campus and surrounding communities while providing a safe space for student-athletes of all racial backgrounds.

Members of the club elected senior D.J. Maxwell-Garcia (men’s track and field) as president, while junior Zara Anthony (women’s track and field) and junior Mikayla Kennedy (volleyball) will serve as the vice president and secretary respectively.

“The Athletes of Color Alliance came together because we wanted to give people the space they deserve to speak on what is going on in the world,” Maxwell says. “As someone who wants to be a catalyst for change, I believe we have to create a course of action. This is a necessary organization to provide the athletes of color at Fresno Pacific University with a larger, communal platform to speak on issues of racial injustice.”

NCAA leadership recently launched A4, a four-part virtual program to educate student-athletes on the power they have and how they can use it to effectively enact meaningful change. The mission of the series is to educate and empower student-athletes, coaches and athletics administrators through transformative experiences that develop effective leaders, cultivate an inclusive community and enhance the college sports landscape.

“Time and time again in recent history, we have seen athletes take the lead on pressing social issues, and I think our young people feel a real desire to honor the powerful example set for them,” says C.J. Haydock, club sponsor and head men’s basketball coach. “Working with them to move toward a more equitable world, to empower their voices and to provide a safe space for authentic dialogue and action is a development we can all be excited for in our community. I remain inspired every day by our young people’s grace, wisdom, tolerance and indefatigable spirit, and I look forward to following their lead as we try to repair the unjust world handed to them.”

More at fpuathletics.com/news/2020/10/2/general-fpu-students-create-athletes-of-color-alliance.aspx

Fresno Pacific University is the only accredited Christian university founded in California’s Central Valley. It is owned by the USMB Pacific District Conference and offers undergraduate, graduate and seminary programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation to more than 4,100 traditional and adult students on the main campus in southeast Fresno and regional campuses in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online.



  1. This sounds good on the surface but it is lacking the one thing it should have in it. We are not called to change things in the world, we are called to change people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You certainly don’t need a club to do this, the formula or pattern we are to follow is in the Bible, we need nothing more than that. John wrote in his gospel and letters that we are to love one another, this is us, the church, fellow christians, that love then permeates into society and we draws others to Christ. Sitting around and talking about it does nothing, the world offers no solution, Jesus Christ is the solution. I don’t hate racism because the world says its wrong, I hate it because Jesus died for all men of all races without malice or concern about the color of there skin. Paul tells us that there is no difference among anyone who is in Christ. This is becoming a social gospel and not the gospel of the Bible. I commend these young people for wanting to do the right thing, but doing it in the right way is just as important. Getting rid of racism, or talking about it, and not giving the true gospel that changes us through the power of the Holy Spirit is just sending people to Hell in a more just and less racist world, now that is true cruelty. Spread the gospel, lead others to Christ, transformed live, be obedient to the word of God and submit totally to Jesus. That changes our hearts and puts the love of God into each of us for each other. That is the policy of what these young people should be doing.

    • There seems to be a double standard of invoking ‘just preach the gospel’ on issues of race but not across the board. This is a student club. Of which there are literally hundreds on college campuses all over. Yet the Chess Club, the Book Club, and certainly the young Republicans club, don’t seem to generate this type of response, or the assumption that the gospel won’t be present. Then we wonder why students of color are hesitant to speak up in predominantly white spaces.


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