BANGOR – University of Maine field hockey senior, Riley Field, and Maine men’s basketball junior, Vilgot Larrson took part in Monday’s protest in Bangor geared towards social injustices.
“It’s really time for us to listen and take whatever they say and learn from it and hopefully become better people,” Larsson said.
The two are cognizant they are surrounded by diversity being a part of college sports and it’s offered them added perspective. Larsson learning from his black coaches, Edniesha Curry and Kevin Reed, on a recent Zoom call with the team.
“Coach Kevin talked about things that he does to look more approachable or do things that I as a white man never really think about,” Larsson said.
Field has also been able to educate herself as she’s turned to her first friend outside of the field hockey team, former Maine men’s basketball player, Danny Evans.
“I’ve luckily had him as a resource and he’s always super open to all of my questions as stupid as they are and how racist they sound he’s always just super allows me to be honest with him,” Field said.
Field and Larsson know their voices carry weight. By listening and learning to their black peers and friends they believe they can help make an impact.
“Especially being white people using our white privilege to you know spread awareness peak louder and hopefully encourage other white people to do the same for their black peers and our fellow athletes,” Field added.