Sports Teams, Athletes From Around State Of Utah Celebrate Juneteenth
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Professional and collegiate sports teams, as well as individual athletes, from across the state of Utah posted on social media to celebrate Juneteenth 2020.
Juneteenth, which takes place on June 19, marks the 135th anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in the state of Texas.
The local teams and players shared in celebrating the day with messages of freedom and education.
What is Juneteenth?
On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger marched into Texas and freed the last remaining slaves in the United States. Though President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, the remote state of Texas failed to adopt the laws quickly.
Juneteenth is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth. The day is also known as Emancipation Day and Freedom Day.
Most states across the United State celebrate the holiday. Celebrations include parades, religious ceremonies, and festivals to commemorate the day.
Freedom Day is a day of celebration, rejoicing and a reflection on the work that still needs to be done.
— utahjazz (@utahjazz) June 19, 2020
Jazz Guard Donovan Mitchell
✊🏽🙏🏾 HAPPY JUNETEENTH!!!! https://t.co/eMvGT6F0Nb
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) June 19, 2020
Jazz Center Rudy Gobert
Happy JUNETEENTH. Still a long way to go but we are on the right path.✊🏽✊🏻✊🏿
— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) June 19, 2020
Jazz Forward Royce O’Neale
Happy Juneteenth 🖤🙏🏾
— Royce O'Neale (@BucketsONeale00) June 19, 2020
Today we observe #Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in America.
— Utah Athletics (@utahathletics) June 19, 2020
— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) June 19, 2020
Utah Men’s Basketball
Today we celebrate #Juneteenth, a day of freedom.
A day to reflect. A day to listen. A day to learn. pic.twitter.com/1yzZnTtAV5
— Utah Basketball🏀 (at 🏡) (@UtahMBB) June 19, 2020
Utah Women’s Basketball
— Utah Women's Basketball (@UTAHWBB) June 19, 2020
Utah Women’s Soccer
#Juneteenth is a reminder that the change we are fighting for is possible. It is a celebration of freedom. Reforms, like the one that happened on June 19, are still necessary in this country so every person can experience the same freedoms – Brooklyn James#BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/xylqv2Sna0
— Utah Women's Soccer (@UtahWSoccer) June 19, 2020
— Utah Volleyball (@UtahVolleyball) June 19, 2020
Join us in commemorating #Juneteenth with these resources:
— Utah Gymnastics (@UtahGymnastics) June 19, 2020
Utah State Aggies
— Utah State Athletics (@USUAthletics) June 19, 2020
Utah Valley Wolverines
Today we celebrate #Juneteenth, an important date in our nation’s history.
Today and every day we are committed to racial equality and freedom.
— Utah Valley Wolverines (@GoUVU) June 19, 2020
Weber State Wildcats
Weber State Athletics
— Weber State Athletics (@weberstate) June 19, 2020
Southern Utah Thunderbirds
Celebrate Freedom! Happy #Juneteenth
— SUU Thunderbirds ⚡️ (@SUUThunderbirds) June 19, 2020
Dixie State Trailblazers
Dixie State Football
— Dixie State Football (@DixieState_FB) June 19, 2020
Dixie State Men’s Basketball
— Dixie State Basketball (@DIXIESTATEBBALL) June 19, 2020
Dixie State Women’s Basketball
In Honor of Juneteenth! ✊🏽 pic.twitter.com/K0TV2mS7Xw
— Dixie State WBB (@dixie_wbb) June 19, 2020