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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh secondary education major Morgan Hach, of Highland, is assembling a review of children’s books that tell the stories of activist athletes in the United States.

She wants her research to help teachers write lesson plans that resonate with students who play or watch sports. “Curriculum that students can connect to in that way is really helpful for them to be engaged in what they’re learning,” she said.

Hach said many believe that activism in the sports world is a recent phenomenon, but her research suggests another story.

“Before Colin Kaepernick was kneeling for the National Anthem, there were people like Tommy Smith at the 1968 Olympics doing a Black Power fist for the racial injustice that was happening in the United States at the time, and Billie Jean King was promoting women’s rights through sports,” she said.

The UW Oshkosh senior’s research was supported by funds granted by the Office of Student Research and Creative Activity. “It’s been amazing just having the opportunity to do this, and it’s something I know I’m gonna use in the future,” she said.

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