The Leitrim GAA Hurling team struck a blow against racism this week when announcing that they will carry a ‘No to Racism’ message on their shirts this season.

The opportunity has arisen out of a partnership with Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI).

“Racism is one of the worst things you can encounter,” said Leitrim hurler Zak Moradi. “It creates a huge divide between people and without its existence, we would have a more peaceful, welcoming and inclusive society.”

“We want to raise awareness and create a community that sticks together as a whole with no divides. We’re all human and we all deserve a sense of belonging regardless of race. We want the same team spirit of sports: all for one and one for all.”

The Leitrim Hurling team has chosen to partner with MRCI because of its long history in tackling racism and discrimination in the labour market and fighting for the rights of migrant workers and their families.

“Racism has no place in our society, communities, workplaces, schools or in sport,” added MRCI Director Edel McGinley. “It has a devastating impact on people’s lives, affecting individuals, families and the community.”

“Sport plays a very important role in promoting diversity and inclusion. The Leitrim jersey sends a clear message, raises awareness and shows solidarity with everyone impacted by racism. We commend the leadership shown by Leitrim Hurling team, the GAA and Zak Moradi in taking this stand. We would like to thank The One Foundation for their support in making this initiative possible.”

Leitrim GAA has an existing partnership with major local employer Avant Money who took on the naming rights to Sean MacDiaramada Park until 2024. Jp Clarke’s bar in new York is the sponsor of the Senior Football team since 2019 going into its third year.

 

The GAA and Sport Against Racism Ireland are among more than 250+ members of the Sport for Business network of sporting and business organisations working together across a number of key areas.

 

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