The San Antonio Spurs announced a joint project with MOVE Texas to get local San Antonians registered to vote at the AT&T Center on Sept. 15.
Professional sports leagues, teams and players are all finding new ways to contribute to the greater good of society. By their voices, exercising their resources and taking advantage of their platforms, those on the national and global stages provided by sports want to make a change. No conglomerate of players has been as outspoken as the NBA’s including some of your favorites from the San Antonio Spurs.
Part of the rhetoric that players are pushing is to get the people to use their voices by voting in the November elections. With this in mind, the San Antonio Spurs are showing support for those within their organization by partnering with MOVE Texas to get San Antonians prepared for the election.
It was announced earlier today that Spurs Sports & Entertainment will open the doors to the AT&T Center (though technically, it will be a drive-through event) on September 15 to help locals secure their right to vote. It’s explicitly mentioned that this is a non-partisan, non-profit event that is looking to maximize time and the voices of people in their home city of San Antonio.
This drive-through event will let future voters register safely and easily in time for the October 5 registration deadline. See you there!
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) September 8, 2020
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To entice fans and prospective voters to take part in the event, the Spurs organization is providing socially distanced photo ops, merchandise, giveaways and more. The famed Spurs Coyote will be front and center at the event to bring some life to the party as voting professionals consult with prospective voters regardless of status, background, race, or eligibility. Certain segments of the United States population, particularly those of lower economic status and people of color, can have grave difficulties in trying to vote for elected officials, which is part of what makes this event so important for the Spurs.
Preaching equality and condemning racial injustice is great, but this is one example of the Spurs organization taking some action. There’s plenty of work left to be done and Spurs chairman Peter J. Holt needs to remain accountable. However, this is a step in the right direction for an organization whose players, coaches and staff have such strong emotions about the racial injustices in this country. Voter equality is something that NBA players have been pushing for quite some time with the likes of LeBron James and other famous athletes partnering to combat voter suppression.
Maybe it won’t seem like much to some, but this is at least a step toward the right direction for the higher-ups at SS&E.