"Hate Out of Hoops" promoting sportsmanship at GU

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by Ashley Korslien & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 23, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 23 at 7:42 PM

SPOKANE—A group of students at Gonzaga is working to improve the behavior of the school’s student section at basketball games.

The group is called “Take the Hate Out of Hoops” and was created by students from a Hate Studies class.

After the school’s last matchup with BYU some students posted derogatory comments about the school; directed both at the Mormon lifestyle and the Mormon religion.  The comments were so offensive it moved some students in the class to try and make a change.

The group is handing out bracelets and spreading a message of kindness that they hope will inspire a change on campus and in the community.

Recently some Gonzaga students created a Facebook page encouraging students to make fun of BYU that has since been deleted.

Students will have to decide what true sportsmanship means Thursday night as the team hosts BYU at the McCarthy Athletic Center.
 

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