July 15, 2020 10 min read
I would like to tell other athletes that I believe in CBD and the ability it has to impact your body in a way that doesn't hurt us. There are other things out there that athletes use right now to cope with stress, to cope with injuries that is directly harming us. CBD has no negative side effects. And it's really a miss that more athletes don't understand what it can do for you and the long term effects of those other things on your body. And I believe that companies like Mendi have an ability to market and show the true positives of CBD. This is going to be huge for athletes long term.
You wrote a beautiful article in US Lacrosse Magazine on racial identity. You shared with the world that it has been a difficult journey for you at times to be fully accepted by the white lacrosse community or the black community. Was writing that article liberating for you? How has the response been by the lacrosse family and beyond?
Well, first of all, I just want to say thank you. It's been a little bit of time since I've written it and definitely some things have changed in our community and the conversations that people have been able to have with me. And it was absolutely liberating because it allowed me to express to people about my identity in a way that I never had been able to before. I don't think people need to prove who they are in their identities. But I do think people seeing the truth of who you are and really who you're proud to be is important for your own peace of mind.
And that was something that weighed on my shoulders for a very long time, specifically in lacrosse and the circles that I was in, in lacrosse, it being a predominantly white sport. I never felt like I needed to go out of my way to explain that to the public. But it was definitely conversations I had behind the scenes with teammates.
So, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. I think there's a lot of growing to do, a lot a lot of growing both in lacrosse and in our country. And I think that if we can continue to have the conversations and create actionable things to push the conversation forward, we're going to see lacrosse grow in the right direction.
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