Mystics wear orange warm-up clothes to honor victims of gun violence, which originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The Washington Mystics wore orange jerseys in pre-game warm-ups ahead of their clash against the Las Vegas Aces on Saturday afternoon. Behind the jerseys hides a very important cause for the players within the organization.
The Mystics are embarking on the #WearOrange campaign to honor victims and survivors of gun violence. According to a team press release, “Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor after being shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15. Her friends asked us about us. stand up and express ourselves, and they inspired a movement. “
Mystics star guard Natasha Cloud was featured in a video the team tweeted earlier this week, in which she explains the meaning of movement. “It is unacceptable to me that over a hundred people are killed and hundreds more are injured by guns in our country every day, and that so many black and brown communities, including our own neighborhood 8 here in Washington, are disproportionately affected.
Gun violence is a problem close to the Mystics, as the nation’s capital has the second highest rate of homicides and gun assaults in the country, according to the team’s statement. Last Friday, June 4, was the seventh annual Gun Violence Awareness Day, hence the timing for the mystics’ effort.
“In our communities, gun violence is pervasive, long lasting, and affects everyone in a unique way. Wear Orange is an opportunity to demonstrate our collective power as members of the gun violence prevention movement, bringing together thousands of Americans who believe we can end gun violence, ”the team’s statement continued. Washington has entered the game against Las Vegas 2-6 this season and is looking for a win before facing Minnesota at home on Tuesday.
For more information on Mystics’ #WearOrange campaign and for gun safety resources, visit https://mystics.wnba.com/wear-orange/