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Tampa Bay Rays, Rowdies pledge $100,000 annually to fight systemic racism

Margie Manning



The Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, 2017 Photo: City of St. Petersburg

The Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Rowdies are speaking out against systemic and institutionalized racism, and are putting significant funding behind those words.

The Major League Baseball and United Soccer League teams are committing $100,000 per year to support causes in the fight against system racism, a statement said.

Other local professional sports teams also are making statements about the Floyd killing. The Tampa Bay Lightning said it did not condone racism or social injustice of any kind, while team captain Steven Stamkos offered a personal pledge to continue to educate himself about racism.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers posted a black box on Twitter, in support of #blackoutTuesday, designed as a collective action to protest racism and police brutality.

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