COLUMBUS, Ohio – Donald Anthony, head coach of the Buckeye fencing program, is one of eight representatives from Ohio State selected to the Big Ten Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition, the conference announced Monday.
The Coalition includes student-athletes, coaches, athletics directors, chancellors, presidents and other members of the Big Ten, representing all 14 institutions.
“It is a great honor to serve on the Big Ten Conference Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition,” Anthony said. “The current social economic climate has brought a new sense of awareness on the issues of hate and racism and presents an opportunity to bring about meaningful and long-needed change in these areas in the United States and around the world. I look forward to working with the Coalition in identifying and executing initiatives that will seize this moment in history to combat hate and eliminate systemic racism.”
First announced June 1 by conference commissioner Kevin Warren, the Coalition will seek tangible ways to actively and constructively combat racism and hate around the world while also empowering student-athletes to express their rights to free speech and peaceful protest. It will leverage, support and complement the efforts already taking place across the Big Ten through initiatives on campuses, as well as through existing conference-wide organizations like the Big Ten Advisory Commission.
Through his first two years at the helm of the Buckeyes, Anthony, also the USA Fencing chairman of the board and president, led the Ohio State program to Midwest Fencing Conference titles and a Top 6 NCAA Championship finish. The squad claimed the overall MFC championships in 2019 and the men’s and women’s titles in 2020 (when no overall champion was crowned). The team qualified the maximum 12 fencers for the 2020 NCAA Championships before they were canceled. Over the last two years, Ohio State fencers have claimed 11 weapon titles at the MFC Championships and an NCAA crown. The Buckeye fencers have combined for 61 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete accolades and 46 Academic All-Big Ten honors.