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From The Philadelphia Tribune : New Book Offers Perspective on Race, Diversity from a Student-Athlete

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Please note: the following item appeared in the Sunday, July 18, 2021 editions of The Philadelphia Tribune. To read the full column by Donald Hunt, please click here.

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A new sports book written by Bo-Dean Sanders, a former college football student-athlete, on various stereotypes through the foundation of sports and experiences titled “Race Against...Against Race,” published by Morgan James Publishing.

In the book, Sanders writes about his personal journey addressing issues of race relations. The book chronicles his college football career, but also his individual journey involving unconscious bias, social acceptance, race relations, and cultural identity, and the positive impact multiculturalism had on his relationships in college.

With his perspective on diversity and inclusion, he writes about his experiences a a young man growing up playing high school football in Jacksonville, FL, then as a college student who left the comfort of Cheyney University, the oldest Historically Black College and University for an affluent, predominantly white school, Villanova University. There, Sanders encountered financial issues, homelessness and a uncertain future. He persevered through a lot of adversity and worked extremely hard to reach for the Black American dream.

The book is now available in bookstores and online.

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Former Villanova football player tackles issue of diversity and inclusion in new book

HAVERFORD — Professional tennis great Serena Williams once said, “It doesn’t matter what your background is or where you came from. If you have dreams and goals, that’s all that matters.”

When Bo-Dean Sanders of Havertown was a young athlete growing up in the South, he began dreaming of playing college football one day. As fate would have it, his childhood dream soon turned into reality. Sanders recently recorded his journey from a young student playing football in a high school in Jacksonville, Fla., to becoming a football player at Villanova University in his recently released book, “Race Against … Against Race: My Journey of Diversity and Inclusion Through Sports.”

"Race Against … Against Race" is Sanders’ memoir about transcending stereotypes through the foundation of sports. He provides a unique perspective on building relationships with teammates and classmates from different socio-economic backgrounds and races by reaching out, talking, and listening. In his first-ever book, Sanders explores how diversity and inclusion in sports and multiculturalism impacted his personal relationships in college.

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