DeFrantz: I would abolish the NCAA. It's created and perpetuated a lot of these problems. It is the "owner" at the collegiate level. It tells the kids that they can become campus idols, but they can only have $25 in their pocket. It tells them that they're not to be seen with boosters, and yet boosters constantly give them money. It has taken opportunities away from women, it has taken opportunities away from parents to control their kids, it's taken opportunities away from universities. Abolish it.
Aaron: If the athlete feels scared or frightened of what may happen to him if he makes any kind of statement, he should first think about the great civil rights leaders. I'm speaking about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and some of the other people who took it upon themselves to take a risk. If it had not been for the Jackie Robinsons, the Dr. Kings and some of the other civil rights leaders, we would not even have the mechanism to do some of the things that we want to do today. I played against Jackie the last three years of his career and I know how this man suffered. I know some of the things he went through. The struggle was tough. I think we as black people lose our history. We've got to let our young kids know that they're where they are today because somebody suffered.
Hawkins: If we look at tight city situations, where people are poor, that black community is suffering terribly. There's another community, the white one, where people are not so poor. That community is not suffering so badly. The problem, of course, is we're all tied to that suffering community, and we're going to sink or swim with it. And the difference between '68 and now is that our kids are not as competent in reading, writing and arithmetic as they were. That bodes badly. The question is whether they'll be able to handle jobs that require those skills. I think the problem that's a definite danger to all of us right now is illiteracy.
Lapchick: I think the sooner we learn that sexism isn't the problem just of women, and that racism isn't the problem just of black people, we're going to be able to move forward.
Hightower-Leftwich: We need to start preparing black athletes for what is coming when they're finished with their careers—reality.
Washington: There has to be a commitment from the parents, the teachers, the coaches, the community. It has to be a total effort. I don't know if there's anything we can do with the high school kids today. Or even the junior high schoolers. Maybe the elementary kids. I don't know. We may have to write off a generation. If we don't do something drastic pretty soon and make some people accountable, we'll all be here 20 years from now saying the same things. And that's scary.