Seth Towns continues protesting as Ivy hoops community continues to speak out

Recent Harvard graduate and Ohio State graduate transfer Seth Towns continued to protest  in downtown Columbus Sunday, a day after he was detained following a nonviolent protest there in response to the death of unarmed black people at the hands of police officers across America.

Using a bullhorn, Towns, a Columbus native and 2017-18 Ivy Player of the Year, stressed the importance of protesting against racial injustice and led the crowd in a chant of “We have a voice.”

“This is not our choice,” Towns said. “This is our duty as people in a democracy … Everybody who I love has texted me and said ‘Stay out of harm’s way. While you’re out there protesting, stay out of harm’s way.’ But I’m always in harm’s way.”’

Towns had appeared on SportsCenter late Saturday night to discuss being detained and the importance of speaking out.

Towns’s former teammate and 2018 Harvard graduate Chris Egi invited those interested in supporting the No More Names 10,000 Voices campaign, an effort to remember lives taken by police brutality and push for criminal justice reform. Egi discussed the campaign on an episode of Ivy Hoops Online’s Inside Ivy Hoops podcast in Jan. 2019.



Yale assistant men’s basketball coach Justin Simon appeared to tweet from a protest for black justice held in New Haven Sunday. Yale athletic director Vicky Chun also attended.

Other current and former Ivy hoops players and coaches offered thoughts on the importance of black justice and equality Sunday.

Former Penn men’s hoopster and 2015 graduate Camryn Crocker:

Rising Dartmouth junior men’s hoopster Taurus Samuels:

Princeton men’s basketball coach Mitch Henderson:

Princeton women’s basketball assistant coach Lauren Battista:

Cornell men’s basketball assistant coach and former Princeton player Clay Wilson:

Former Cornell men’s basketball player Matt Morgan:

Former Princeton men’s basketball player and coach Sydney Johnson:

Dartmouth men’s basketball coach David McLaughlin:

Princeton women’s basketball coach Carla Berube:

Yale men’s basketball:

Dartmouth women’s basketball:

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