UTAH UTES

Coach Roberts Says Utah Women’s Basketball Is Motivated ‘To Be Agents Of Change’

May 30, 2020, 6:32 PM | Updated: Jun 3, 2020, 11:48 am
Lynne Roberts - Utah Utes Women's Basketball...
Utah women's basketball head coach Lynne Roberts (Photo by: Steve Griffin, Deseret News)
(Photo by: Steve Griffin, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah women’s basketball head coach Lynne Roberts said that her team “is a tight-knit family” and is “united and motivated to be agents of change” amid the national movement surrounding the death of George Floyd.

Floyd died in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25 after a police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.

“During these heartbreaking times in America, my staff and I stand with all of our student-athletes and the challenges they will face as young people in this world,” Robert said in a statement. “We will continue to listen to, seek to understand, and stand in solidarity with one another despite any differences between us and the oppression that exists beyond sport.”

Other Utah Athletic Programs

A day earlier, the University’s Twitter account for its football team echoed a similar sentiment as Coach Roberts and quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Utah Football is a family. One with members from different backgrounds, ethnicities &vwalks of life. We stand with & support all our student-athletes, especially during this time, and we’re proud of our diversity.”

Utah women’s volleyball, like Utah women’s basketball, said they were “united together” and grateful to embrace diversity.

“We are heartbroken at the events taking place around the country. The Utah VB Program has always been inclusive & is united together as a team & family,” the team posted on Twitter. “We are grateful for the Utah Athletics family that embraces diversity & we stand with & support all of our student-athletes.”

Utah athletic director Mark Harlan added his thoughts to the current situation as well.

“SLC is not immune to the hopelessness & fear of the underrepresented communities. As a leader, I need to do more, every day, to be more aware & act on their behalf,” Harlan tweeted on May 30. “I strongly urge all to protest peacefully & avoid the violence we are seeing. Causing more pain is not the path.”

As part of the national rallies, protesters gathered, only minutes away from the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 30.

During the late afternoon, protests in Salt Lake City turned violent and multiple vehicles were lit on fire including a police vehicle.

  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

Utah Utes

Alissa-Pili-Game-Tying-Three-Point-Shot-UCLA...
Michelle Bodkin

Utes Bulletin: Things Happening In Utah Athletics (Week Of 1/30/23)

With football on a bit of a hiatus and several of the smaller sports in full swing having success, we put together a Utah Bulletin.
1 day ago
Abby-Brenner-Jillian-Hoffman-Hug-After-Vaults-At-Red-Rocks-Preview...
Michelle Bodkin

Role Players Shined Over The Weekend For Utah Women’s Basketball, Red Rocks

The Utes prevailed over the weekend thanks to some key performances from role players on both teams in a total depth chart flex.
1 day ago
Jenna Johnson - Utah Utes vs. Saint Mary's...
Michelle Bodkin

Utah Women Play Hard In Top-10 Showdown With UCLA, Come Up With Incredible Win

The No. 9 Utah women's basketball team played host Sunday afternoon to the No. 8 UCLA Bruins in another exciting Top-10 Matchup.
2 days ago
Photo courtesy: Utah Football...
Michelle Bodkin

Utah Football Adds Transfer Wide Receiver From Indiana

Utah football got another wide receiver commitment for their room, this time a talented transfer from Indiana.
2 days ago
Lazar-Stefanovic-Lone-Bright-Spot-Against-Oregon...
Michelle Bodkin

Runnin’ Utes Struggled To Score Against Oregon, Can’t Come Up With The Win

The Runnin' Utes struggled to score against the Ducks after putting on a solid performance a few days earlier against Oregon State.
3 days ago
Lynne-Roberts-Utes-Celebrate-Against-Arizona-At-Huntsman-Center...
Brian Preece

‘We’ll Be Ready’ Lynne Roberts’ Utes Confident On Eve Of Top-10 Tilt Against UCLA

The Utah women's basketball team has been steamrolling competition this season and the Salt Lake City community is beginning to take notice.
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.
Jordan-Clarkson-Utah-Jazz...
KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.
Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.
ksl sports logos...
KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.
jimmy-buffett-tour-art...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.
Iron Maiden tour...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden returns to Utah in 2022 with The Legacy of the Beast tour.
Coach Roberts Says Utah Women’s Basketball Is Motivated ‘To Be Agents Of Change’