Kansas State University student-athletes are lead by athletic director Gene Taylor, center, during the Kansas State University Unity Walk on Nov. 14, 2017. The football program designated Saturday as a "Unity" game, highlight social justice awareness.

As part of its ongoing plan to raise social justice awareness, K-State designated Saturday as a “Unity” game for the football program.

Members of the football team will take part in several pregame signs of unity, including:

• Wearing messaging on warmup attire that shows support for social justice, with phrases including “Unity,” “It Takes All of Us,” “Black Lives Matter” and “Raise Your Voice.”

• All Big 12 football teams will have decals on the back of each player’s helmet saying “Unity” underneath the conference logo for every game. In addition, K-State has added a patch on its jerseys for Saturday’s game displaying the Black Lives Matter movement.

• Video messages from current student-athletes and coaches, highlighting how recent events have affected their lives.

• “Lift Every Voice and Sing” will be played prior to kickoff.

• Before the start of every game this season, K-State will join other Big 12 schools in holding a moment of self-reflection and unity “to underscore the need to come together in this effort to eradicate racism and discrimination,” per the K-State release.

Additional presentations will feature K-State Athletics’ continuing Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and student-athlete led messaging.

“We are proud of our student-athletes for stepping up and letting their voices be heard,” K-State athletics director Gene Taylor said.

“Our department is committed to showing action being taken to eliminate social injustice, and we fully support our student-athletes’ methods of showcasing their unity and self-reflection.”

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