Coaches vs. Racism gives coaches and players chance to bridge racial divide through sports


Prairie View A&M men’s basketball coach Byron Smith instructs his players on the best way to defend the pick-and-roll and how to tell the difference between a good shot and a bad shot. When shoptalk ends, Smith changes lanes and painstakingly tells them how to survive the game of life.

“My message as an African American college coach is to make sure our young men are aware,” said Smith, who is 44-5 in his last three seasons in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), which include three straight regular-season titles and a trip to the NCAA tournament. Next is an upcoming matchup against the University of Michigan in the inaugural Coaches vs. Racism HBCU Roundball Classic on Saturday at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington.


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